The one positive of this, even if some of it is depressing, is that there'll be life on the other side, writes Adriaan Basson.
The unions said it was distressing that the airline would announce that there was not enough money to pay employees' salaries and not provide any updates or reassurances days before a national lockdown.
The Labour Court has dismissed an urgent application by Numsa and the SA Cabin Crew Association, as the unions seek to stop SAA and its business rescue practitioners from cutting jobs at SAA.
This comes after the airline's business rescue practitioners announced last week that the flag carrier would be cancelling all of its domestic routes apart from the Johannesburg to Cape Town flight.
The SA Communist Party wants the recent plans announced by the SAA business rescue practitioners to be "rescinded as a matter of urgency".
SAA is accelerating plans to reduce its wage bill and intends to implement deeper job cuts than previously announced, according to a labour union official.
The cash-strapped airline last week secured 3.5bn in funding from the Development Bank of Southern Africa.
Unions told Fin24 on Wednesday that Autopax - the Prasa subsidiary that operates Translux and City to City coach buses - had processed the payment of employee salaries on Wednesday, with the last employees likely to receive their salaries on Thursday.
Following concerns over whether South African Airways would have been able to pay employees' salaries this month, it has now been confirmed that the embattled state-owned airline has the money available to do so - at least for January.
The strike by about 300 members of Numsa at the Hisense manufacturing plant in Atlantis, north of Cape Town, is still ongoing.
Unions say they are still none the wiser on what government plans to do to secure R2bn to help aid the business rescue process at embattled airline, SAA.
NUMSA and the SA Cabin Crew Association have written a letter to the SAA business rescue practitioners, demanding "meaningful engagement".
Numsa suspects there is a secret plan to sell SAA "to someone waiting in the wings" and Fin24 tries to establish if this could indeed be the case.
Operations at the Hisense Atlantis consumer electronics and home appliance plant near Cape Town have resumed after management reached an agreement with striking members of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa.
'No consultation whatsoever has taken place with labour as required by law' say the National Union of Metalworkers of SA and the SA Cabin Crew Association.
Though not written down, the ANC has not made provision for Eskom to participate in the new power generation project. That's because the ANC has given up on Eskom, writes Irvin Jim.
With 2020 starting off on a fraught economic footing, ordinary South Africans have not been spared: in the first month alone, several companies have already announced their intention to retrench staff in line with Section 189 of the Labour Relations Act.
The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa has warned yet another company invoking section 189 of the Labour Relations Act – Samancor Chrome – that it would fight its plans to cut 595 jobs at its smelting operations.
The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa said in a statement released on Thursday that the retrenchment process that Telkom initiated last week was an attack on workers and that the union would work with other unions to fight it.
The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa and the SA Cabin Crew Association
said Kingston's resignation is a 'positive step'.
A strike at the Hisense manufacturing plant in Atlantis north of Cape Town has put all production on hold for the time being.
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