Statement by Andre Venter, spokesperson of the trade union UASA:
It is nothing less than criminal that UASA members employed at SA Express should bear the brunt of corrupt dealings and poor management practices at the airline.
UASA represents both cabin crew and ground staff employees at the company.
“We are shocked and saddened by the sudden news and consequent action by the SACAA to suspend the airline’s operating license.
“While we understand that such a decision must be made in the interest of safety for passengers and staff, it is clear that various and previous levels of company management, the board of directors and the shareholders themselves, have governed the airline into the ground,” says Jannem Goussard, Operational Manager at UASA.
One example of utter mismanagement are the recent revelations by Pravin Gordhan, Minister of Public Enterprises, exposing dodgy payments to Trillian. It is this kind of reckless behaviour that could ultimately cause our members to lose their jobs if the company cannot be saved from going under,” says Goussard.
In anticipation that the interests of our members will be taken into account when hard decisions are made, UASA wishes to pledge its full support to the new board, acting CEO as well as Gordhan with their endeavours to salvage the company.
For further enquiries or to set up a personal interview,
contact Jannem Goussard at 064 382 7809.