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Unions prepare to “the mother of all strikes at SAA” following job cut announcement

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The employees of South African Airways led by the worker unions will go on “the mother of all strikes” in a bid to prevent job cutting in the company.

On Wednesday, SAA acting chair Thandeka Mgoduso confirmed the carrier had received a strike notice from the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa and the South African Cabin Crew Association. No other information on when and where the demonstrators will be striking has been revealed.

The protest action threatens to further worsen the financial situation in SAA increasing its potential annual losses. SAA board’s Mark Kingston warned the carrier was ‘technically insolvent’ and such conditions posed a major risk to both the company and its shareholders.

As a measure to battle numerous internal issues, SAA previously announced it would implement a restructuring plan which, in turn, was expected to affect almost 1, 000 jobs.

“It is difficult to estimate the number of employees who may eventually be impacted. No final decision will be taken until the consultation process is concluded. However, it is estimated that approximately 944 employees may be affected,” SAA’s Acting CEO Zuks Ramasia confirmed on Tuesday.

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