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Numsa, Sacca file urgent court application to halt SAA job cuts

Numsa's Phakamile Hlubi-Majola said that they were expecting the Labour Court to hear their application on Thursday.

FILE: Numsa and South African Cabin Crew Association (Sacca) members picket at the SAA Airways Park in Kempton Park on 15 November 2019. Picture: Xanderleigh Dookey/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Metalworkers union Numsa and the South African Cabin Crew Association (Sacca) have filed an urgent application in the Labour Court to interdict SAA and stop any retrenchments.

Last week, the business rescue practitioners at the South African Airways announced that eleven routes would be canceled as part of a way to save the cash-strapped airline from shutting down completely.

Trade unions feared that this would result in job cuts and they're now turning to the courts in a bid to block any further steps from the practitioners.

Numsa's Phakamile Hlubi-Majola said that they were expecting the Labour Court to hear their application on Thursday.

"We are also seeking an order from the court that the BRPs must be directed to comply with the terms of the wage agreement; workers facing retrenchment must be placed on the training lay-off scheme; workers facing retrenchment are placed on trainging for a minimum period of six months to a year and 75% of their salaries are paid for by the SETAs."