SAA unions lose business rescue case

SAA unions lose business rescue case

The Labour Court has dismissed an urgent application by unions to halt retrenchments at the South African Airways (SAA).

Phakamile Hlubi Majola Numsa strike
The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) and the South African Cabin Crew Associations (Sacca) approached the court to stop the national air carrier from slashing close to 1000 jobs.
"The procedure in section 189 capital is available in consulting parties and since the duty to consult has not arisen, the powers of this court to compel a fair procedure and all interdicting SAA are severely circumscribed

 For all the above reasons the applications must fail," ruled Judge Graham Moshoma.

Both unions have made it clear that they have instructed their attorneys to apply for leave to appeal.

Unions turned to the Court after the announcement by Business Rescue Practitioners (BRPs) that almost all SAA's domestic flights and a number of international flights will be halted by the end of February.

However, no definite announcement has yet been made about retrenchments
Numsa spokesperson Phakamile Hlubi-Majola has maintained that 10 000 families will be affected as a result of the retrenchments.

The BRPs at the embattled airline are expected to finalize their report within the next two months.

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