Comair had decided to stop providing medical cover to its employees on September 1. Subsequently, the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa challenged the decision in a labor court
Serious questions of conflict of interest have been raised as the business rescue practitioners ask the ailing airline to pay R250,000 per month to Redford Capital – a consultancy firm of which they themselves are the directors.
The airline withheld workers’ salaries for May and the union has argued that the company is using the pandemic as “a cover for the restructuring which is taking place”
The spokesperson of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa said that the real intention behind Comair opting for business rescue could be to continue with its retrenchment plans under the guise of dealing with the lockdown
A strike was called by NUMSA to force Comair to comply with the principle of “Equal pay for equal work”, the labor court prohibited the strike and is set to state its reasons today