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SAA rejects report carrier to cut 1 000 jobs

Sowetan newspaper cites unions as saying SAA planning job-cuts.
SAA CEO Vuyani Jarana says he will have discussions with unions if there are jobs to be on the line. Picture: Supplied

South African Airways chief executive officer Vuyani Jarana rejected a report that the state-owned carrier plans to fire at least 1 000 workers as it seeks to cut costs and return to profitability.

“That’s not correct,” Jarana said in an interview on Monday with the Johannesburg-based 702 radio station. “We are not anywhere near close to getting to know how many people we need to retrench.”

A report by the Johannesburg-based Sowetan newspaper cited a South African labour union as saying the national carrier intends to fire at least 1 000 people. SAA’s net loss widened more than threefold to R5.6 billion ($464 million) in the 2017 financial year and the company may not be able to operate as a going concern, South Africa’s Auditor-General said earlier this month.

There’s no resolution to cut jobs, Jarana said. “When there are jobs to be on the line, the unions and myself will discuss.”

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Retrenching staff wont help if you don’t get rid of corruption first.

And whilst senior management and board members award themselves large bonuses and substantial pay increases (for, they believe, a job well done), the junior staff get retrenched to make the accounts look good (for current financial year only), but the corruption, incompetency and maladministration thrives!!

It’s seems crazy to throw good ( and taxpayers) money after bad to resuscitate this SOE.
This entity needs to be run like a business
– get rid of non productive people and routes
– immediately stop free travel to previous employees and families
– reduce the size and capacity of aircraft and fly into less expensive airports like Gatwick
– reclaim competitiveness by down scaling to a low cost carrier – there isn’t one on any of our most popular routes
– unify all southern African carriers like Air Botswana, Air Namibia, Air Zim and privatized and list the new airline Southern African Airways ( especially for Cargo)
Pie in the sky but worth a shot…anything is better than ploughing more money into the current status.

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