The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) met with the management team of airline operator Comair on Thursday, 2 June, after the company, which controls Kulula and British Airways flights in the country, put a halt on its operations this week.
NUMSA CONDEMNS COMAIR SUSPENSION
At the eleventh hour on Tuesday night, 31 May, Comair announced that its flights on British Airways and Kulula would be voluntarily suspended from 1 June.
The airline operator indicated that it needed to secure additional funding before operations could resume.
NUMSA condemned the suspension and said it was left with more questions than answers after the meeting. The union represents 700 of Comair’s estimated 2000 employees. The airline operator’s CEO Glenn Orsmond was also present.
“It is regrettable for us to report to our members that the meeting with the CEO left us with more questions than answers.
“Unfortunately, the meeting was very frustrating because the CEO was at times evasive or unwilling to respond directly to certain questions…”
NUMSA General Secretary, Irvin Jim, said Comair management would not confirm or deny whether employees would be paid their salaries during the period of suspension.
Comair would also not divulge how much money it needs to be financially stable and how long it would take to resume operations.
The union claimed Orsmond and the business rescue process are only interested in saving personal bank balances.
“Our members have had enough. They are understandably angry. We will demonstrate until Glen Orsmond marches out of the buildings permanently!
“This airline can be saved but as long as Orsmond and the BRP’s are at the helm, it will continue to nosedive,” said Jim.
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