South African caterer Air Chefs to cut 10% of jobs

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South African Airways-owned airline catering company, Air Chefs, is to cut 118 jobs.

The move comes as part of SAA group’s turnaround strategy that affects all companies in the group, including the airline catering firm.

Air Chefs, which currently employs 1,200 staff, has taken the decision to cut staff without consulting the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA). The non-profit agency, which represents workers, is planning to negotiate with SAA Chief Executive, Vuyani Jarana, on the cutbacks.

The union said: “NUMSA demands that any discussion regarding retrenchments should take place within the SAA group which is the mother company. Our members demand that any restructuring must take place at a group level and should not be decentralised.

“We are engaging with the group CEO at SAA Vuyani Jarana on this situation. We shall do all we can to defend workers and their jobs at Air Chefs.

“The company has requested that consultations on retrenchments take place on the 15th of June 2018 at CCMA. We will continue to update and advise members on the way forward.”

Air Chefs offers a wide range of catering services including inflight, airport lounge, readymade meals and catering for events, serving more than 30,000 meals per day from its central production units in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban.

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