JOHANNESBURG - Workers unions at the South African Airways (SAA) said on Friday the state-owned airline has requested one week to deal with their demands of reinstating Vuyani Jarana as group chief executive and a complete overhaul of the board.
This as the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) and the South African Cabin Crew Association (SACCA) on Thursday met the SAA board over the workers' grievances following Jarana's resignation two weeks ago.
In a statement, the unions said their key demand is that Jarana must be reinstated immediately for having produced a turnaround strategy which won the support of government, the board and the unions.
SAA's cabin crew members are represented in SACCA while NUMSA members work at SAA Technical and at the airports in South Africa.
They said that though the board had informed the public that it has government's backing on the turnaround strategy, SAA board chairperson JB Magwaza allegedly told them that there was no funding for the turnaround strategy and no funding capital for the airline.