South African Airways (SAA) employees have accused the airline of reducing the salaries and benefits of low-wage employees while increasing the salaries of most managers and specialists.
Workers from Numsa and the South African Cabin Crew Association (Sacca) protested outside the employer’s headquarters on Tuesday to express their dissatisfaction.
Unions have issued a list of eight demands that they believe SAA management should address immediately.This includes the state-owned airline restoring medical aid and housing benefits for low-wage employees while also reversing a 35 percent pay cut.
Employees had forfeited their bonuses, according to Numsa’s Phakamile Hlubi-Majola, while most managers and specialists’ salaries had been raised.
“At a cost of more than R300 million per year, 250 managers and specialists manage 750 employees.” “How do you refer to this as the new SAA?”
They are also upset about a “flawed recruitment process,” with Numsa claiming that 300 workers are in the training lay-off scheme but are not included in SAA’s future plans.This is happening while the airline is re-hiring people who took voluntary severance packages.
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