Unions are set to strike at the offices of the Department of Public Enterprises as workers are unhappy with alleged corruption and mismanagement taking place at the national carrier.
South African Airways returned to the skies in September 2021 after the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic saw planes remain grounded for more than one year.
The return to the sky was celebrated with much fanfare with SAA board chairperson, John Lamola saying that seeing SAA colours on international tarmacs provides a sense of pride and hope.
However, the national carrier will have to once again navigate turbulence with the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) and the South African Cabin Crew Association (SACCA) set to protest against alleged corruption.
The protests will take place outside the Department of Public Enterprises on Tuesday. This as workers are unhappy with what they describe as corruption and mismanagement at the airline.
NUMSA’s Phakamile Hlubi-Majola says the issues faced by workers have been raised in various forums but the plight of workers is being ignored.
She explains that workers on the Training Lay Off scheme are not being absorbed into the organisation due to mismanagement. This could result in more than 200 people losing their jobs.
Hlubi-Majola adds that SAA also rehired some management staff after they took voluntary severance packages.
“Because they took a voluntary severance package these people should not have been re-employed and the fact that SAA has taken a decision to re-employ them is a form of corruption” argued Hlubi-Majola.
“To get to the point where we have a restructured Airline thousands of workers at SAA lost their jobs and what is most painful is to see this so-called new SAA doing the same things as the old SAA” concluded Hlubi-Majola.