Phakamile Hlubi-Majola
Unions Fight to Save South African Airways

Phakamile Hlubi-Majola discusses the struggle being waged by South African trade unions to save the country’s airline and above all, to protect its employees

In South Africa, mining workers have double the infection rate for COVID-19

Sector has 907 active cases of the novel coronavirus; country is ranked 19th in the world for infections

South African Airlines Unions accuse government of seeking to destroy South African Airways for the benefit of global capital

The Department of Public Enterprises, which had repeatedly assured the unions that the national airline will not be liquidated, came out in support of a so-called “business rescue plan” which will result in its effective liquidation

South African Airlines Unions to appeal against labor court’s refusal to stay closure of South African Airways routes

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

Toyota strike South Africa After NUMSA intervenes, Toyota South Africa reinstates nearly 3,000 dismissed workers

The workers were dismissed after they launched an ‘unprotected’ strike on January 24. The reinstatement comes as the strike action has taken a heavy toll on the company’s vehicles production

The crisis of South Africa’s energy company and unions’ plan to save it

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

Eskom South Africa South African unions warn against government’s “rescue plan” for state company Eskom

The “rescue plan” for Eskom unveiled by the South African minister for public enterprises proposes the unbundling of the state-owned company and increases reliance on private Independent Power Producers, which the unions claim, is the root cause of Eskom’s financial troubles.

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