INSIDE LABOUR | SAA pilots prove no worker is protected

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Terry Bell (supplied)
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Many workers, better paid because they possess perhaps scarce skills and experience needed at a particular time by bosses, regard themselves as being on a betterment trajectory, halfway up a ladder leading to affluence and happiness. This ladder is an illusion, says Terry Bell. 

When the SA Airways pilots' union takes on the government in the labour court on 15 July, the issues raised should go far beyond the fact that the pilots — locked out of work since May 2020 — have not been paid for more than a year. The case may also bring into focus what was once dubbed the "scab clause" in the 1995 Labour Relations Act that allows for the use of "replacement labour".

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