SOUTH AFRICAN PILOT WINS AWARD FOR DAMAGES AGAINST SATAWU UNION

The Federation of Unions of South Africa (FEDUSA), the country’s second largest labour movement centre, has welcomed a High Court decision to award 450,000 Rand (about 32,000 US dollars) damages to former South African Airways (SAA) pilot John Harty for defamation.

Harty won his case against the South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (SATAWU), after the labour union claimed white pilots had been plotting to bring down a plane piloted by a black man.

Fedusa General Secretary Dennis George said Monday the entire ordeal was distasteful and unbecoming of the national carrier in its conspicuous silence and unsupportive manner towards Harty.

George said the ruling will force people to think carefully about what they post on social media and go a long way towards addressing governance issues at SAA and other state-owned enterprises (SOEs) such as the South African Broadvasting Corporation (SABC).

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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