SAA: Only obliged to inform unions of retrenchments via letter, which we did
The South African Airways (SAA) has cancelled all domestic and international flights for Friday and Saturday due to a strike planned by unions.
Numsa and the SA Cabin Crew Association served the airline with a strike notice following its announcement to retrench 900 workers.
Speaking to Refilwe Moloto, SAA acting chief financial officer, Deon Fredericks says it will refund all affected customers.
However, SA Express, Mango and SA Airlink will not be affected by the cancellations.
We will make refunds and our contact centres are available for passengers to contact and make alternative arrangements.Deon Fredericks, Acting Chief Financial Officer - South African Airways
We need to make sure that we preserve the cash that we have and this strike will and has already negatively impacted any forward bookings.Deon Fredericks, Acting Chief Financial Officer - South African Airways
It will also affect our risk assessment by different corporations. Some corporations are already not flying with SAA saying it is a risk and this situation just escalates it.Deon Fredericks, Acting Chief Financial Officer - South African Airways
Fredericks says the unions did not arrive for a meeting on the 11 November and they resorted to sending them a letter notifying them of the planned retrenchments.
There is actually no requirement for the meeting because the first part of the process is that you need to inform them and give them a notice which we have done through a letter.Deon Fredericks, Acting Chief Financial Officer - South African Airways
Our labour relations called each of the unions and informed them that we have sent them a letter of notice to inform them about the process.Deon Fredericks, Acting Chief Financial Officer - South African Airways
South African Airways operations affected by industrial action. South African Airways (SAA) has cancelled all domestic, regional and international flights for Friday 15 November and Saturday 16 November (THREAD)— SAA - South Africa (@flysaa) November 13, 2019
Only SAA operated flights will be affected. All flights operated on partner airlines, including SA Express, Mango, SA Airlink and all codeshare partners, will not be affected.— SAA - South Africa (@flysaa) November 13, 2019
Only the following international flights would be operating: pic.twitter.com/dSivgaZb4i
Listen to the full interview below...
This article first appeared on CapeTalk : SAA: Only obliged to inform unions of retrenchments via letter, which we did
The number of national recoveries so far is 138,241. The total number of tests conducted to date is 2.194,624.Read More
Justice ministry spokesperson Crispin Phiri explains the motive behind government's decision to enforce the wearing of masks.Read More
Jansen told Afternoon Drive Show that we should not 'be blind to the reality that we are not going to cover the curriculum'.Read More
UJ's Department of Sociology lecturer David Du Toit speaks to Joanne Joseph and shares his insights on outsourcing domestic work.Read More
Refiloe Mpakanyane speaks to one of the 2019 GirlCode winners, Nondumiso Ngcobo, as well as participant Andiswa Mkhonto.Read More
SAPS national spokesperson Vish Naidoo and International Pentecostal Holiness Church's Mpho Makwana reflect on the incident.Read More
Minister Lindiwe Sisulu and Minister Naledi Pandor reflect on the life of Ambassador Zindzi Mandela.Read More
President Cyril Ramaphosa reintroduced rules to curb the spread of COVID-19 in South Africa.Read More
With South Africa among the top 10 most-affected countries in the world, Dlamini-Zuma said that South Africans should wear masks to protect themselves from the coronavirus.Read More
Arabile Gumede interviews actress Dineo Moeketsi (Langa) about her attitude to money and beliefs about it.Read More
The Foschini Group is offering to buy 371 JET stores. The Money Show's Bruce Whitfield interviews portfolio manager Evan Walker.Read More
Why "quantitative easing" can’t work in South Africa, according to Nazmeera Moola (Head of SA Investments at Ninety One).Read More
Bruce Whitfield interviews reps from the Restaurant Association Of SA, Business Unity SA and the National Liquor Traders Council.Read More
Concerns have been raised over the impact of booze on trauma admissions since the ban on sales was lifted in June.Read More
Eskom is implementing stage two load shedding for a second day, while technicians work to bring generating units back online.Read More
More generating units have broken down, resulting in the utility battling to meet the high demand for electricity.Read More
Pavlo Phitidis says focus must be on the customer group you are trying to reach. You've got to get your demographics right.Read More
Though leaving corporate to venture into tourism has been a big test of resilience, she is still happy with her decision.Read More
Lumkile Mondi says skills and knowledge that have driven a lot of the growth in the past are going to be undermined.Read More