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SAA accused of unfair labour practice

The airline argues the drive is aimed at transforming its staff to reflect the country's demographics.

South African Airways plane. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Trade union Solidarity says South African Airways (SAA) hasn't implemented its labour practices according to the Employment Equity Legislation.

The union and the FW de Klerk Foundation have criticised SAA for not selecting white men, among the 40 candidates for its 2013 development programme.

The airline argues the drive is aimed at transforming its staff to reflect the country's demographics.

Solidarity's Dirk Herman said, "There are very clear guidelines within the Employment Equity act on how to apply affirmative action and a process where excluding a specific racial group is not allowed by that act."

SAA's Tlali Tlali said in future everyone will be allowed to apply for cadet positions.