Minister of Public Enterprises Pravin Gordhan has warned that, while two unions at SAA are demanding salary increases for members, the airline might not even be able to pay any salaries at the end of the month.
The minister was speaking at a Parliamentary briefing on Wednesday. The meeting was called for feedback on power utility Eskom, but Gordhan – who met with unions on Tuesday – also made some remarks about SA’s cash-strapped national airline.
The minister said the strike was worsening the airline’s financial crisis. “SAA doesn’t have enough cash to possibly even pay salaries at the end of the month,” he said. “Not only will people not get increases but they might not even get their salaries,” he added.
Members of the National Union of Metalworkers of SA and the SA Cabin Crew Association have been on strike since Friday over wages, proposed job cuts and the demand that more workers