The Labour Court on Friday dismissed National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa and the South African Cabin Crew Association (Sacca)'s an urgent application to halt South African Airways (SAA) from retrenching workers.
Last week, the business rescue practitioners at the SAA announced that eleven routes would be cancelled as part of a way to save the cash-strapped airline from shutting down completely.
Clement Manyathela chats to Numsa spokesperson Phakamile Hlubi-Majola to give the union's reaction on the ruling.
We were quite shocked that the judge was dismissing the application on the basis that he didn't believe that SAA management was contemplating retrenchments. We find that to be surprising because in their own papers the business rescue practitioners concede that they are in fact, contemplating retrenchments.— Phakamile Hlubi-Majola, Spokesperson - Numsa
Hlubi-Majola says Numsa went to court not to prevent retrenchments but it went to court to enforce workers' rights.
We went to court to demand that the Labour Court must ensure that if retrenchments happen at SAA, then the business rescue practitioners need to ensure that those retrenchments happen in line with the Labour Relations Act. The Labour Court has subverted the rights of workers to be properly engaged.— Phakamile Hlubi-Majola, Spokesperson - Numsa
Listen below to the full conversation: