Trade union Solidarity’s intention to have South African Airways (SAA) placed in business rescue is a form of tax revolt, but a legal one, says the union’s CEO, Dirk Hermann. The union officially announced on Thursday that it would apply to the high court for an order to place SAA in a business rescue process under the Companies Act. Earlier this week it invited Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan and Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene to join its application. Solidarity has 350 members at SAA and is not recognised by the airline. The recognised unions at SAA, South African Transport and Allied Workers’ Union, National Union of Metalworkers of SA, South African Cabin Crew Association, National Transport Movement and Aviation Workers Union of SA, all rejected Solidarity’s proposed court action. The five unions said in a joint statement on Thursday that a business rescue process would not be in the best interests of the workers. "It is for this reason the unions are willing to be c...

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