Workers of BidAir Services Ltd picketed outside the Department of Employment and Labor in Pretoria on Tuesday. They demanded that the government clear the dues owed to them under the Temporary Employee Relief Scheme
The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa and the South African Cabin Crew Association made the demand after the National Treasury under Tito Mboweni announced that no money would be allotted for South African Airways which faces liquidation
60 workers were turned away by the company as the permitted capacity was exceeded. They are now stuck in overcrowded, unsanitary hostels with no way to get home
A judge the Labor Court in Johannesburg ordered the withdrawal of retrenchment notices affecting around 4,700 employees of South African Airways
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
The protests were organized by the Young Nurses Indaba Trade Union. Other demands included the immediate and periodic testing of all healthcare workers and compulsory, conducive, decent and habitable accommodation for essential staff
The Azania shack dwellers’ settlement of Abahlali baseMjondolo in Durban, was attacked by agents hired by the eThekwini municipality authorities on April 2. 15 shacks were demolished, leaving several people homeless
Golden Arrows Bus Services claims that it is permitted to provide essential services even as South Africa goes under a 21-day lockdown. However, it has been alleged by the union that the company misled the government by declaring itself as an essential services company “overnight”
The unions are appealing to a higher court after a labor court ruled against the their application seeking an interdiction against SAA’s decision to close 11 routes. The unions are arguing that it will lead to retrenchments
Along with the cancelation of these domestic routes, the workers employed will also be retrenched. This lay-off is in violation of the collective agreement reached between the workers and the management in November 2019.
The labor dispute was finally settled with the signing of a wage agreement, which prevented the looming strike action.
Union’s solution to the crisis in Eskom is a reversal of the government’s policy of decommissioning Eskom’s power production units and outsourcing the energy requirement to private companies