South African Airways (SAA) has a bloated and overpaid administration workforce, with 250 managers overseeing solely 750 employees members.
Nationwide Union of Metalworkers (Numsa) nationwide spokesperson Phakamile Hlubi-Majola said SAA employees members had their salaries minimize by 35% and misplaced many advantages.
“Regular SAA staff had their salaries slashed, they get no medical support, they usually don’t have any meal allowances or perhaps a lunch hour,” stated Hlubi-Majola.
“The administration workforce, in the meantime, is incomes exorbitant salaries and have very beneficiant employment packages.”
Hlubi-Majola defined that SAA staff’ salaries are benchmarked in opposition to a low-cost airline like Mango. Govt salaries, nonetheless, are benchmarked in opposition to worldwide requirements.
That is an unfair scenario, the place executives get globally aggressive wage packages whereas odd staff are left with low salaries and only a few advantages.
“Why ought to the CEO’s wage be benchmarked in opposition to world requirements and never the CEO of Mango, just like the SAA’s different staff?” she requested.
She added that the brand new SAA has 250 managers managing 750 employees at a price of R300 million. “Does that sound like a brand new airline?” Hlubi-Majola requested.
Thomas Kgokolo, SAA performing CEO
So sad are some employees members with the “unfair working circumstances” on the new SAA that they’re picketing on the airline’s head workplace to get their plight heard.
“We’re going to picket till this matter is resolved,” stated Hlubi-Majola. “Our members made it very clear that they need to be engaged.”
Responding to the picketing staff, SAA head of HR, Mpho Letlape, stated they might not have the ability to return to every thing that existed pre-business rescue.
She stated practices that occurred earlier than enterprise rescue can’t be continued.
“You might be conscious of the work that we did to cancel the regulating settlement as a result of it was not sustainable,” she stated.
“We needed to are available, and we needed to act on the mandate that was given as an interim govt.”
SAA additionally launched a press release, saying it has efficiently emerged after enterprise rescue course of and is now operational each domestically and regionally.
“Through the hiatus, SAA consulted broadly with all stakeholders together with employees associations and unions and is assured that each one new agreements reached with events both in a collective or particular person capability have been negotiated pretty and equitably,” it stated.
“Whereas SAA recognises and respects the rights of individuals to protest, the provider isn’t in a position to revert to prior agreements reached earlier than enterprise rescue.”
The airline added that its CEO, Thomas Kgokolo, spent a number of time with staffing teams previous to restart.
“The airline appears ahead to optimistic and strengthening relationship with the SACCA and is all the time open to constructive dialogue,” SAA stated.
SAA assured its clients that enterprise continues unhindered and operational schedules are unaffected by this protest.