Trade union Solidarity today said that it was pleased that sustained pressure kept the spotlight on SAA, and that this pressure has resulted in government finally seeing the real SAA picture. This follows after Minister Mboweni’s call for the possible closure of the airline.
In a historic step earlier this year, Solidarity came with an application to have the ailing airline placed under business rescue.
“Due to cadre deployment and incredible mismanagement SAA finds itself in an extremely difficult situation. Minister Mboweni agrees with Solidarity that if we keep on doing the same things we will get the same results,” Werner Human, Solidarity Deputy Chief Executive said.
“Moreover, we agree with Minister Mboweni that, should a private partner for SAA not be found, the airline would never get off the ground. The insistence on privatisation was one of Solidarity’s primary demands in its business rescue application. A radical external intervention is needed to ensure that the taxpayer no longer bleeds on behalf of SAA,” Human confirmed.
“Solidarity will meet with SAA in November when SAA’s management will report on the state of the airline. If insufficient progress was made in finding a private investor, SAA would leave us with no choice but to continue with our business rescue application. If they do not want to privatise of their own accord, we will be compelled to have the airline privatised through business rescue by means of a court order,” Human concluded.