SAA is stuck in a desperate catch-22. Does it have any options left?
FREE TO READ | A national strike may cause its collapse, but failure to reform and shed jobs could spell its end
SA Airways is heading for collapse as it tries to become unstuck from a desperate catch-22 situation, where it will be damned if it does and damned if it doesn’t.
While the widescale strike on Friday may cripple a perpetually nosediving SAA, a failure to shed jobs as part of a restructuring effort could too be the death knell for the national carrier.
On the one hand, it faces a national strike of more than 2,500 unionised employees that could push the airline into total collapse and, on the other, an unsustainable wage bill that threatens the commercial viability of the parastatal...