Satawu seek interdict against SAA's bid to retrench

The South African Transport and Allied Workers Union has approached the Labour Court to seek an urgent interdict against SAA's bid to retrench over 900 employees. SATAWU's Spokesperson, Zanele Sabela spoke to Shahan Ramkissoon. Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu) has approached the Labour Court to seek an urgent interdict against SAA's bid to retrench over 900 employees.

Satawu's spokesperson, Zanele Sabela says the union is unhappy with the manner in which SAA's retrenchment process unfolded.

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"We heard about this in the media, which is not how it is supposed to happen."

"Our next move is to approach the labour court and looking at other options like maybe the CCMA to make sure that we can pause these retrenchments so that we can have a chance to consult."

Numsa and the SA Cabin Crew Association failed to reach a wage agreement with management.

The planned strike SAA will go ahead on Friday, indefinitely after unions and the national carrier failed to reach an agreement.

SAA has offered workers a wage increase of 5.9 percent but the unions are demanding 8 percent.

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The indefinite strike action will start at 4am Friday.

SAA has cancelled nearly all its domestic, regional and international flights scheduled for Friday and Saturday.

SA Express, Mango, SA Airlink and codeshare partners will not be affected.

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eNCA