SAA will not, for the foreseeable future, have to deal with the National Transport Movement (NTM).
This follows the release of a report by the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) indicating NTM does not have the necessary membership numbers to gain official recognition as a labour representative organisation by the national airline.
The verification process was an attempt between SAA and NTM to resolve the impasse around recognition of the union. NTM members have been on an illegal strike since the middle of last month but the labour action has not affected operations at all spokesman Tlali Tlali said.
“The CCMA report declares NTM has not met the required threshold of 30% of employees within the bargaining unit. In this regard and in accordance with the terms of reference the strike must cease and we expect all striking employees to return to work today.
“The report does not come as a surprise as we have all along indicated claims by the union were grossly exaggerated. We have taken note the report indicates NTM is not too far from reaching the requisite numbers to enable them to be recognised.
“Partial recognition was never an option and for that reason, we would like to restate a view we expressed before – NTM must satisfy all requirements, including securing the required numbers so it can enjoy full and proper recognition,” Tlali said.
He stressed it was never about refusal.
“It was always about compliance and consistent application of the rules.”