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sabcEWN reports that labour unions have criticised the SA Broadcasting Corporation’s (SABC’s) intention to retrench a large section of its workforce as part of a restructuring strategy.  

The public broadcaster announced on Monday that 981 permanent employees might be cut, while over 1,000 freelancers could be affected.  The SABC halted the process earlier this month after a meeting with unions where it was agreed that a CCMA facilitator would be appointed to assist with the matter.  According to Aubrey Tshabalala of the Communication Workers Union (CWU), that process has not taken place.  “We’re waiting to go to the CCMA and all of a sudden now they release this into the public and we find that as a bizarre approach by the SABC,” he claimed.  Hannes du Buisson of the Broadcasting, Electronic, Media & Allied Workers’ Union (Bemawu) commented that the SABC was going about the process the wrong way and said:  “We believe that the SABC has not done proper homework on this issue, the time span that they had to come up with the positions and the number of people has been very short.”  Du Buisson went on to indicate:  “If the SABC does not follow due process, we will approach the Labour Court to interdict the SABC and compel it to follow due process.”

  • Read this report by Sifiso Zulu in full at EWN
  • Read too, Cosatu, political parties shocked by SABC’s announcement to retrench workers, at SABC News

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