Numsa, SACCA give DPE another week to find money for SAA restructuring plan

Workers have been picketing outside the SAA park offices.

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

KEMPTON PARK - The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) and the South African Cabin Crew Association (SACCA) have given the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) another week to find the money for the South African Airways (SAA) restructuring plan or face intense protest action at their offices.

Workers picketed outside the SAA park offices.

They are angry over government’s failure to meet Thursday’s deadline to have funding ready for the liquidation process.

The administrators need R10 billion in new funding for the plan to work.

Union leaders have expressed their anger over government’s failure to secure funding to pay the workers who have taken a voluntary severance package.

SACCA’s Zazi Nsibanyoni-Mugambi read their memorandum of demands to the workers.

“We demand that you make funding immediately available to honour the agreement you made to us and the promise you made to us. We want to know what date we will be paid.”

Vuyo Tlale from Department of Public Enterprises received the memorandum.

“I receive and accept your memorandum. I will take it back to the leadership and as you have indicated, we have seven working days to respond and we shall do so.”

The group said if they do not receive a response with a solid plan over the next week, they will launch widespread protests.

Meanwhile, the Public Enterprises Department has recommitted to prioritise the finalisation of the business rescue plan for SAA, saying liquidation was not on the table.

The administers met with creditors on Friday where the decision not to liquidate was reinforced.

Nsibanyoni-Mugambi has told workers of their decision. She said they have given SAA just seven days to secure funding.

The department said it was sympathetic to the plight of SAA employees as it works to finalise the restructuring plan successfully.

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