According to reports, the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) and the South African Cabin Crew Association (SACCA) have jointly rejected the mass retrenchment proposals by South African Airways’ business rescue practitioners (BRPs).
The proposal suggests that the best option would be to retrench approximately 4700 employees and provide them with specific benefits. Employees would be able to receive one week’s remuneration for each year of service, one month’s salary, remuneration for outstanding leave and a thirteenth cheque if they qualify.
This followed after Minister Pravin Gordhan rejected the R10 billion request from the BRPs.
NUMSA and SACCA have rejected the BRP’s position reportedly because they were not included in coming up with a plan to sustain SAA. NUMSA’s Phakamile Hlubi-Majola expressed that retrenchment is an easy way out as the BRP’s do not have a business rescue plan available.
SAA employees have until this Friday to accept the retrenchment plan.