The Labour Court in Johannesburg has dismissed an urgent application made by trade unions organising at the South African Airways (SAA).
The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) and South African Cabin Crew Association (SACCA) filed an urgent court application in an attempt to have the decision by the SAA Business Rescue Practitioners to pay workers three months salaries declared unlawful. The unions wanted the airliner to be forced to pay salaries for eight months.
The Labour Court said it’s not within its jurisdiction to consider the lawlessness of the actions of the business rescue practitioners in this case.
The national airline has been in business rescue since December 2019 and has not been operating since April last year. Prior to the signing of the settlement agreement, workers at the airline had been without pay since April last year, barring UIF COVID-19 Temporary Employer-Employee Relief Scheme (Ters) payments.
NUMSA spokesperson, Phakamile Hlubi-Majola told Newsnote that the union is still studying the judgement and will comment at a later stage.