Save SA Express workers initiative
STOP THE SOCIAL INJUSTICE TOWARDS SA Express WORKERS
When two elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers most, as the saying goes. SA EXPRESS worker’s salaries have not been paid in the last two months. Deductions from salaries for payments to 3rd parties such as SARS, Medical Aid, Pension funds have not been transferred to those respective entities, this has left the workers vulnerable. The demise of SAX was brought about by incompetent Board, corrupt EXCO appointed by care free government, same as it has happened to other SOE'S. As SAX workers suffer, the DPE as the shareholder played a major role in ensuring the downward spiral of the airline, actively instructing and directing the Board and EXCO on what decisions to take.
In the past two years’ the company’s performance has been gradually declining, whilst the remuneration of the EXCO has been going the opposite direction i.e. increasing as if they were applauded for their failure
SA Express reports to DPE, the dismal performance at SA Express happened with the full knowledge of the Ministerial team and the Executives at SA Express.
Sadly, throughout this fiasco the public enjoyed little to no decisive politically leadership, in relation to the corruption cases, there are case numbers with no tangible results two years later. The company have been operating for the past two years without an approved corporate plan from the shareholder, which means the company have been operating without an approved signed-off strategy. As a result, for the past two years there has been no performance management and yet as indicated earlier, some members of EXCO have been getting salary increases.
Employees have demonstrated their commitment to SA Express and to secure their jobs. Suggestions have been made by employees not only on cost cutting measures, they also put themselves on the line to ensure that these measures are implemented and successful.
These are some of the initiatives from the employees and the list is not exhaustive:
· For more than five year’s employees at middle management level were subjected to a salary freeze
· Section 189a was implemented and concluded without any disputes or unnecessary challenges from labour in efforts to save this company
· General employees of SA Express worked overtime and on public holiday without pay for over five years starting from 2014.
· The Cabin Crew volunteered that they will clean the aircraft in turn around airports thereby considerably reducing the cost of cleaning aircraft for the past seven years to date.
· The Swissport Passenger Handling contract was cancelled adding the amount of work and/ or duties of airport’s Customer Service Agent and saving money for the company.
The employees of SA Express are neglected at the expense of EXCO members current and previous because despite their non-performance, they have come out unscathed whilst the employees have suffered.
On 6 February, the court-appointed Daniel Terblanche and Phahlani Mkhombo as business rescue practitioners (BRP). DPE had the opportunity to appeal the court decision and intervene however, DPE chose not to oppose and or appeal. This lack of action or political will led to many unfortunate happenings at SA Express. Management continued to ignore the court order and were operating outside the appointed BRP’s including spending money on new contracts for aircraft leases. The BRP’s, Mkhombo and Terblanche subsequently, went on to filing for the liquidation of SA Express without wasting time.
By 25 May 2020, it will be the third month in which SA Express workers have not been paid their full salaries.
This is an initiative of workers, they are standing up to oppose the FINAL LIQUIDATION of SA Express. They have very little if nothing to fight this case in court. We urge the civil society to stand up in support of their quest to fight the final liquidation of the company and help ensure that at the end those accountable of running the SOES down are brought to book. This is a clarion call to defend social injustice muted against the workers.