NUMSA files court papers to stop mass SAA job cuts

NUMSA files court papers to stop mass SAA job cuts

Workers' union NUMSA says scores of jobs are on the line at South African Airways. 

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The union's Phakamile Hlubi-Majola said the The BRP's and SAA management have deliberately ignored this option and instead are pushing for mass retrenchments through the cancellation of routes.

She said, "This is why they've taken their fight to protect staff to the Labour Court. NUMSA and the SA Cabin Crew Association filed papers this week." 

READ: Court action looms over SAA’s ‘one-sided’ flight cancellations

Hlubi-Majola added that they are also seeking an order from the court that the BRP’s must be directed to comply with the terms of the wage agreement which was signed in November last year. 

"This agreement stipulates that workers facing retrenchment must be placed on the Training Lay off scheme for a minimum period of six months to a year and 75% of their salaries are paid for by the SETA’s,"  she said. 

The cash-strapped airline's cancelling its flights on all but one domestic route - as part of its business rescue plan. It said reducing the number of employees will also be necessary. 

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