Union dismayed at moves to retrench SAA workers
by TINTSWALO BALOYI
JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – THE South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (SATAWU) announced opposition to plans by the financially-struggling South African Airways to retrench more than 700 workers.
It was reported the airline planned to lay off 724 employees who work for SAA group, namely SAA, SAAT and Mango
As SATAWU we are appalled by the airlines unsubstantiated reasons for the retrenchments,” said Matthew Ramosie, SATAWU – Aviation National Sector Coordinator.
He said the troubled airline said it was exploring ways to cut costs and turn the company around.
“We don’t think that retrenchments, early retirement or voluntary severance packages will solve the airlines problems.
“SAA suffers from poor management. Year in and year out our members’ hard work and subsequent good returns for the company have been eroded by the company`s poor management skills,” Ramosie said.
He said already workers earned little and support many who lived in poverty while executives received large pay packages.
“Workers cannot be punished for bad decision-making processes from managers,” he said.
– CAJ News
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