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NUMSA supports government’s R10.5 billion SAA bailout

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NUMSA took to Twitter to share a thread confirming its support of the R10.5 billion SAA bailout, claiming that it will be beneficial for workers who have dedicated years to SAA. 

The National Union of Mineworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) took to Twitter on Tuesday, 3 November 2020, to share a thread confirming its support of the R10.5 billion bailout for the embattled national carrier, South African Airways (SAA). Last week, the union had condemned the actions of the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA), which called for a boycott of SAA.

In explaining the reason for its stance, NUMSA stated, “Workers at SAA have lost out on eight months’ salaries because of the long, drawn-out business rescue process, which government initiated voluntarily. The Business Rescue Plan, which is to pave the way for a restructured SAA, will result in 3 200 workers losing their jobs.”

NUMSA’s support of the bailout is surprising, considering that even after the initial bailouts, the parastatal still rolled out retrenchments. Therefore, the union should be focusing on lasting solutions to the problem, rather than short-term solutions which retain the jobs of some without introducing a fully-functional airline to provide more employment opportunities.

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Sabelo Makhubo
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