Tebogo Msimanga |
The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) and the South African Cabin Crew Association (SACCA) are concerned that the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) is mismanaging the restructuring of South African Airways.
In a statement issued by SACCA President Zazi Nsibanyoni-Mugambi and Numsa Secretary General Irvin Jim, it said the Business Rescue Practitioners and the DPE are trying to convince employees at SAA to accept a proposal where they will receive only 3-months remuneration and their 13th cheque.
“We reject attempts by the DPE and BRPs to extort money from workers and to exploit their desperation in order to deny them their remuneration. We condemn the minister of Public Enterprises Pravin Gordhan for this outrageous and unlawful proposal. “
Jim said the DPE under the leadership of minister Gordhan has deliberately misrepresented the facts as to why workers at SAA must give up the 5-months remuneration which is owed to them.
“The plan to turn SAA around is being funded and in terms of the projections, it needs R10.5 billion in total for this process which Treasury allocated in October. Workers’ salaries were factored into the total amount, therefore, it is false to claim that employees at SAA must make further sacrifices to ensure the viability of the airline”
NUMSA and SACCA are of the view that DPE has no right in terms of the law to attempt to negotiate directly with unions regarding the settlement of outstanding salaries at SAA.