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satawu thumb medium90 101Fin24 reports that after not receiving salaries for more than a year, workers at SA Airways’ (SAA’s) catering subsidiary Air Chefs now have to wait even longer.

The SA Transport & Allied Workers’ Union (Satawu) said it was "flabbergasted" about a delay of payments of outstanding salaries for the period from April 2020 to July 2021. According to an agreement struck on Monday, the workers would have received 75% of their outstanding salaries by Friday, 10 September and the rest within six months of that date. But, Air Chefs has now indicated in a letter that it first needs to complete an internal audit and will make the agreed payments "as soon as possible", hopefully by Monday, 13 September. According to Satawu, the board of Air Chefs had ample time to have already completed these administrative steps and be ready to make the outstanding payments. "We will without hesitation also consult our lawyers on seeking legal advice in so far as dealing with this matter. To this end, we demand our members to be paid their salaries on and/or before closure of business on Friday, 17 September 2021 at the least, a period we believe is reasonable," the union indicated. The amended deadline is because the union is still doubtful whether Air Chefs will make a payment by 13 September as it indicated in its letter to employees. Air Chefs, which used to get most of its business from SAA before the pandemic, has not been operational since SA first went into lockdown.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Carin Smith at Fin24

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