Delay in publishing Comair business rescue plan

Delay in publishing Comair business rescue plan

The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) has criticised Business Practitioners assigned to struggling airline Comair for their handling of the business and failure to pay salaries. 

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The practitioners have also postponed the publishing of a Business Rescue Plan saying they were still in talks with an interested cash buyer.

NUMSA, though, believes part of the postponement emanates from communication from their lawyers calling the practitioners into order. 

Comair's survival chances have been further diminished by the COVID-19 pandemic which has battered the aviation industry as a whole.

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NUMSA spokesperson Phakamile Hlubi-Majola says: "They have deliberately sidelined the majority union and if they had published the plan, it would have been a plan which does not have our input. 

"The BRP's have also failed to pay employees salaries in full since the end of April, and workers and their families are suffering as a result. 

"A recent court case made it very clear that the regulations which were enforced during Level 5 of the national lockdown, make it clear that employers are not excused from their obligation to pay worker's salaries."

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