Tebogo Msimanga |
The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) confirmed on Tuesday that employees of Airchefs finally got paid their salaries after the company completed its internal audit. Employees were not paid their salaries in full for 16 months due to the lockdown, and the fact that the company was not operational.
Airchefs experienced extreme financial difficulty after South African Airways (SAA) was placed under business rescue.
NUMSA General Secretary Irvin Jim said NUMSA, together with other recognized trade unions at Airchefs signed an agreement with the management of the company and the board that employees would receive 75% of their outstanding salaries.
“The remaining 25 per cent will be paid within 6 months”. Jim added that NUMSA is actively engaging management and the board on ways to make Airchefs financially viable for the long term.
“NUMSA will continue to do everything possible to fight for workers and to defend their rights.”