We’ll shut you down! – unions to SAA ('overstaffed by any measure globally’)

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 Money Show's Bruce Whitfield interviewed Theto Mahlakoana, a senior political reporter at EWN.

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

For more detail, listen to the interview in the audio below.

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