NUMSA is demanding Comair CEO, Glen Orsmond and his executive to resign after Kulula and British Airways flights were suspended indefinitely.
The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) has called for the resignation of Comair CEO, Glen Orsmond and his executive over the suspension of their operating licence by the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACCA).
This weekend, what came as a sudden 24-hour suspension, has now left hundreds stranded after Kulula and British Airways flights were suspended. Comair said it is not able to confirm when they will be able to fly again.
According to the Union, Glenn Orsmond does not have a vision to turn the organisation around and this is contributing to the crisis.
NUMSA said they have expressed our lack of confidence in the current leadership led by the CEO who has a track record of closing down airlines in the past.
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“We wish to insulate our ground staff and cabin crew members from the anger and frustration of passengers and customers who have been frustrated by the cancellation of flights that are squarely the fault of bad leadership.
“Our members wish to pass a vote of no confidence in the CEO and his executive to protect their jobs and livelihoods which are threatened by management decisions that put profits over people and people’s livelihoods. We demand the resignation of Glen Orsmond and his executive and the withdrawal of the current threatening section 189 notice that was issued on the 1st of March 2022 to our members.”NUMSA
Comair has experienced “safety incidents” which are of huge concern, including a Kulula Boeing 737-800 experiencing engine failure.
In a separate incident a British Airways flight had to make an emergency landing at King Phalo Airport, and an incident that allegedly involved failure in the landing gear has also recently been reported.
NUMSA said they are deeply concerned about workers and the safety of the public at large given these very serious occurrences.
Spokesperson, Phakamile Hlubi-Majola said they are not surprised at these unfortunate developments.
“We have been warning the airline from within, of the dangers of their cost cutting measures and that this would eventually have the impact of compromising safety standards, by not giving their aircraft enough ground time for proper maintenance.”
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