This is an airline fighting for its life… Passenger for passenger, SAA is - by any measure around the world – overstaffed…— Bruce Whitfield, The Money Show
Trade unions have warned they will shut down the perennially loss-making South African Airways (SAA) should it continue with its plans to save R700 million by retrenching 944 workers.
SAA is trying to execute a turnaround strategy.
The struggling airline has over the past 13 years cost longsuffering taxpayers more than R28 billion.
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We will be preparing workers for the mother of all strikes at SAA and all its operations nationally.— Phakamile Hlubi, spokesperson - Numsa
The unions say there’s been no consultation… The acting CFO said it notified employees and unions. The company claims they invited labour to a meeting and they simply didn’t show up…— Theto Mahlakoana, senior political reporter - EWN
The Labour Relations Act states there needs to be a notification ahead of any public announcement. Looking at the timeline, it’s clear that the company was not ready to engage in that meticulous process…— Theto Mahlakoana, senior political reporter - EWN
SAA failed to carry out any of its turnaround strategies over the years. There’s been many… They say a strike will shut them down, and they’re right… They will not survive that…— Theto Mahlakoana, senior political reporter - EWN
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