SAA low-earning staff accuse airline of cutting their salaries, benefits
Workers affiliated to Numsa and the South African Cabin Crew Association (Sacca) have staged a picket outside the employer's headquarters to express their grievances.
JOHANNESBURG - South African Airways (SAA) employees have accused the airline of cutting the salaries and benefits of low-earning staff members while most managers and specialists' salaries have increased.
Workers affiliated to Numsa and the South African Cabin Crew Association (Sacca) have staged a picket outside the employer's headquarters on Tuesday to express their grievances.
Unions have listed eight demands that they want SAA management to urgently address.
This includes that the state-owned airline reinstates its medical aid and housing benefits for low earning colleagues but also reverse the 35% downgrade of their salaries.
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Numsa's Phakamile Hlubi-Majola said employees had forfeited their bonus while most managers and specialists’ salaries were increased.
“There are 250 managers and specialists who manage 750 employees at a cost of over R300 million annually. How do you call this the new SAA?”
They are also angry over what they call a "flawed recruitment process" with Numsa claiming that 300 workers are in the training lay-off scheme but are not being included in SAA’s future plans.
This while the airline is reemploying people who took voluntary severance packages.