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Numsa, Sacca to protest ‘corruption’ and job losses at SAA



The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) and the South African Cabin Crew Association (Sacca) announced they will protest at the Department of Public Enterprises on Tuesday.

The protest starts at 9:00 am and ends in Pretoria around noon.

The goal of picket is to raise awareness against corruption and job loss at South African Airlines (SAA).

Numsa and Sacca fight against Voluntary Severe Packages (VSP), which are signed by some SAA employees.

“Accepting a VSP means that you have canceled your rights and that you are not allowed to come back”, sacca President Zazi Nsibanyoni-Mugambi said.

The union’s argument is that SAA failed to manage the severance package professionally. At least 130 Sacca members who work at the airline are on the brink of being fired, and the training layoff is drawing to a close.

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“These employees should have been included in the new airline, but SAA has completely mismanaged this process.”

During this process, the airline rehired staff who signed VSPs, which was seen as an unfair and corrupt way of doing things.

“At the same time, regular employees who were taken on by the new airline lost their benefits and working conditions. However, the packages that management and specialists receive are more generous than those of ordinary workers.” Nsibanyoni-Mugambi continued.

“SAA employees suffer as the same management that brought the airline to the brink of destruction is rewarded with lavish packages,” said Numsa Secretary General Irvin Jim.

South African Airways starts talks with unions over strike

in 2019South African Airways began mediated talks with unions a day after workers launched an indefinite strike that forced the embattled airline to ground hundreds of flights.

More than 3,000 workers, including cabin crew, technical and ground crew, have gone on strike to demand higher wages and protest restructuring plans that will create many jobs.

Unions first threatened to strike after SAA announced that nearly 1,000 workers could lose their jobs as part of a restructuring process.

Talks with management stalled after they failed to agree on pay increases, prompting unions to press ahead with their threats.

Compiled by Lethabo Malatsi. Additional information by AFP

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