SAA unions lose another court case

2020-Feb-22   08:12

SAA unions lose another court case

- Silver Sibiya

Trade unions organising in South African Airways (SAA) lost an appeal to overturn the court's refusal to interdict business rescue practitioners (BRPs) at the national airline from cutting jobs.

On Thursday the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) and the South African Cabin Crew Association (SACCA) were back in court, seeking to stop those tasked with saving SAA from referencing workers.

The Labour Court in Johannesburg dismissed the application for leave to appeal last week's ruling, which saw the two unions' request to save jobs being turned down.

Numsa spokesperson, Phakamile Hlubi-Majola, said it is clear that SAA business rescue practitioners were implementing "mass retrenchment" of workers.

“The BRPs are violating workers’ rights and are proceeding with this process. And they are not following the Labour Law, particularly with respect to ensuring meaningful engagement," Hlubi-Majola said.

She said it was for this reason that they decided to approach the court.

“It was the only way to safeguard the interests of workers at SAA. Unfortunately, the Labour Court did not agree with this view and dismissed the application on the basis that the judge did not agree that the BRPs are considering retrenchments.

“We will be making an urgent application to petition the Labour Appeals Court (LAC) directly, for them to hear this application,” she said.

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