Feb 9, 2023

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Comair workers to picket at head office calling for removal of CEO

Comair workers, affiliated with the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa), plan to picket outside Comair’s offices in Kempton Park on Friday morning.

The group is calling for the removal of CEO Glenn Orsmond and Business Rescue Practitioner (BRP) Richard Ferguson. The union has accused the two men of failing to turn the tide of the airline.

The airline, which operates British Airways’ Kulula and domestic flights, voluntarily suspended its operations on the basis of Wednesday admit that they faced a liquidity crisis.

Numsa said the company bailout practitioner was appointed in May 2020 and the company bailout plan was approved in October of the same year.

“But they are failing. Under their poor leadership, the airline has faced crisis after crisis and its mismanagement has brought the airline to the point of ceasing operations – once again,” said Numsa spokeswoman Phakamile Hlubi-Majola.

< p>Numsa, which represents about 700 Comair employees, said it met with Comair’s management team, including Orsmond, on Thursday to discuss the airline’s fate.

Numsa said it was shocked and surprised by the recent developments at Comair and its decision to cease all its operations.

“We regret to report to our members that meeting with the CEO left us with more questions than answers. Unfortunately, the meeting was very frustrating because the CEO was sometimes evasive or unwilling to answer certain questions directly.”

She said the union asked if employees were paid their salaries during the period of suspension would be paid.

“Unfortunately, management did not confirm whether they answered ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to that question.”

She said the union also asked how long the suspension of operations would remain in effect.

“They cannot say that because it depends on whether the funding can be raised by the BRPs.”

Hlubi-Majola said , it was unfortunate that management chose to involve workers in such important matters without ensuring that company bailout practitioners were also present so workers could get all the answers.

“As Numsa have We reiterated Glenn Orsmond’s immediate resignation as CEO of the company mens due to his utter incompetence and lack of vision. Under the poor leadership of Mr Orsmond and the BRPs, the airline has spiraled from crisis to crisis.”

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