NUMSA and SACCA have released a statement alleging that the DPE is attempting to use funds for SAA’s restructuring to unlawfully allocate to its subsidiaries.
The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) took to Twitter on Friday, 18 December 2020, to circulate its statement from Thursday, 17 December 2020. The statement saw the union and the South African Cabin Crew Association (SACCA) noting the alleged unlawful acts by the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE).
The statement alleged that with the knowledge of Minister Pravin Gordhan, the department is looking to defraud South African Airways (SAA) employees of their outstanding eight months’ worth of salaries. It claimed that the DPE is attempting to encourage SAA employees to accept three-month backpay and a thirteenth cheque. The offer is said to be in an effort to avoid paying the staffers the full outstanding pay. Moreover, NUMSA and SACCA accused the department of attempting to sideline them by talking directly to staffers.
The statement read, “The minister is forcing workers to resort to legal action to get what is legally owed to them. It is scandalous that the government, as the shareholder of SAA and all state-owned enterprises (SOE), is inflicting so much misery on workers and their families. We have sent a letter of demand through our attorneys, saying we reject the attempts to extort money from employees. We are calling again on President Cyril Ramaphosa to intervene on this issue by removing Minister Gordhan.”
See the post below.
NUMSA & SACCA are concerned that the business rescue process at SAA is being mismanaged by the .@DPE_ZA. DPE is trying to take money which belongs to SAA for restructuring of the airline and redirect it to subsidiaries of SAA. This is UNLWAFUL#FirePravin #PayUsTheMoney pic.twitter.com/G3QoZaZFxq
— NUMSA (@Numsa_Media) December 18, 2020