Independent Online is reporting that South African Airways (SAA) business rescue practitioners are in talks with Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) to discuss possibilities to use UIF's money to fund unavoidable retrenchments at the airline.
National Transport Movement Union president Mashudu Raphetha tells Clement Manyathela that they met with the business rescue practitioners to discuss quick fixes to the airline.
We wrote to the business rescue practitioners about the alternatives or solutions to mitigate or minimise possible dismissals that may come through retrenchments.— Mashudu Raphetha, President - National Transport Movement Union
We should not be obsessed with the closure of SAA but we should be concerned about people who will lose their jobs.— Mashudu Raphetha, President - National Transport Movement Union
UIF commissioner at the Department of Labour Teboho Maruping says they have not me with SAA but they met with the Department of Public Enterprise.
We have not met SAA as UIF, the meeting we had was with the acting director-general at Public Entreprise as two public entities.— Teboho Maruping, UIF Commissioner - Department Of Labour
We discussed what options are available if any and what role can UIF play in the rescue of SAA. Our take is that our role would be limited to what the UIF Act dictates.— Teboho Maruping, UIF commissioner - Department Of Labour
The money that the UIF has the employee and employer contributions— Teboho Maruping, UIF commissioner - Department Of Labour
Meanwhile, Democratic Alliance member of Parliament's Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) Alf Lees says there shouldn't any special arrangements for SAA to access the funds.
SAA cannot get special treatment as an employer with regard to its obligations towards employees that they are planning to retrench.— Alf Lees, Member of Scopa - Democratic Alliance
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