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.

Members of the South African Cabin Crew Association (Sacca) and Numsa picket outside the SAA headquarters in Kempton Park on 12 October 2021. Picture: Xanderleigh Dookey Makhaza/Eyewitness News

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.

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