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encaThe Star reports that news organisation eNCA could be flouting labour laws following revelations that its freelance anchors were working without written contracts.  

A two-month probe by the newspaper, which spoke to two freelance anchors with over two years of service each, has unearthed a “toxic” environment of uneasiness, where they don’t know whether they’ll still be utilised due to a lack of contracts.  One of the anchors told of “not knowing whether you’ll be put on the roster, or whether you’ll be paid the same rates as the previous month”.  The person added: “If you complain you are removed from the roster.  And there is no contract that you can go back to and say: ‘But I have a contract to work this number of shifts a month’."  Those views were echoed by another anchor, who said that "talks to provide contracts for all freelancers are under way, but that has been the status quo for some time.”  Labour lawyer John Botha advised that the law provided that all employers should provide written contracts to employees working more than 24 hours in a month.  Two of the anchors have worked such an amount of time for several months.  Meantime, the channel is embroiled in a legal tussle with its former entertainment reporter, Nontobeko Sibisi, who is seeking permanent reinstated permanently at the CCMA.

  • Read this report by Khaya Koko in full at The Star


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