The judgment reserved between Metalworkers union National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) and the South African Cabin Crew Association (SACCA) filed an urgent application to interdict South African Airways’ (SAA) business rescue from going ahead with retrenchment.
The Labour Court in Johannesburg said the matter has been reserved and order will be made on Friday.
Last year, the national carrier was placed in voluntary business rescue to sort our the SAA troubles.
Advocate Thembeka Ngcukaitobi representing the unions argued
any business rescue practitioner will likely unnecessarily cut employers cost.
“Everybody knows that a business rescue practitioner is likely to go to employees and cut the employees cost as unnecessary and wastage even though Numsa claims the real cause of the problems at SAA is the management,” the advocate said.
However SAA legal representative Advocate Andrew Redding said it was premature for the unions to take the matter to court.
“We submit that this application is premature, we submit that is really a publicity stunt which has been brought effectively to show that the unions have power to stop these things,” he said.
Earlier, Ngcukaitobi said the 3.5 billion South African Airways received from Development Bank of Southern Africa will be finished by March.
He said there was leaked audio clip from Durban station management telling workers that they should not come to work from March, both in Durban and Cape Town.