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sabcThe Sunday Independent reports that unions have warned the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) not to use the skills audit process as a means to retrench workers after the public broadcaster abandoned its plans to invoke Section 189 of the Labour Relations Act.  

It had been envisaged that 981 employees might be retrenched across all units and operations.  Communication Workers Union (CWU) general secretary Aubrey Tshabalala said:  “We welcome the SABC’s decision to halt retrenchments and embark on a skills audit.  We are also cautious that it should not be used as another method to retrench workers.  Skills audit must be used to access how best you implement or come about with a turnaround strategy.”  Tshabalala added:  “We are also saying government should bail out the SABC, there is no other way.”  Broadcast, Electronic, Media and Allied Workers’ Union (Bemawu) spokesperson Hannes du Buisson also supported the move for a skills audit, and welcomed the broadcaster’s decision to halt retrenchments.  “We do not believe that the SABC is overstaffed and we are confident that the skills audit and the structure review process will bring clarity in respect of that,” said Du Buisson

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