The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) met with the management team of Comair including the CEO Glenn Orsmond and the company’s Business Rescue Practitioner, Richard Ferguson on Tuesday, 07 June. Ferguson confirmed to all those at the meeting that Comair’s financial situation is dreadful.
Furthermore, NUMSA National Spokesperson Phakamile Hlubi-Majola says NUMSA is worried about the state of Comair and in particular for what this means for workers and their families, she says at least 1200 jobs are on the line if this airline collapses
NUMSA will be making an application to the Department of Employment and Labour for employees to be placed on the Training Lay-off Scheme. That way whilst the airline is not operating, workers can at least earn some kind of salary while training. At the same time, every effort must be made to find an investor for the airline in order to prevent liquidation.