Staff at SABC will “down instruments” on Friday at
12pm – this as administration has not accepted calls for of the Communication Staff
Union to terminate the retrenchment course of.
The union’s normal secretary, Aubrey Tshabalala, confirmed
the strike in an interview on SABC’s information programme SA Right now on Thursday. CWU,
an affiliate of Cosatu, had given SABC administration till 17:00 on Thursday to
settle for its calls for.
The downing of instruments would primarily quantity to a blackout
The strike will happen at SABC retailers throughout the
nation, mentioned Tshabalala. Staff will probably be protected, he mentioned.
A memorandum will probably be handed over to SABC representatives.
The union additionally desires the broadcaster to be positioned below
administration, because it doesn’t imagine the board is “accurately
ruled”, mentioned Tshabalala.
Workers had engaged in lunchtime pickets on
The SABC was thrown into turmoil earlier this week, as employees
had refused to just accept retrenchment notices being despatched to 400 of their colleagues.
The retrenchment course of is a part of plans to restructure the broadcaster and
On Tuesday, administration of the information division had withdrawn
notices as employees threatened to chop feeds and stroll off. The following day nonetheless,
employees had been notified that the retrenchment course of would proceed.
The Broadcasting, Digital, Media and Allied Staff Union
(Bemawu), in the meantime, has additionally lodged an utility with the labour courtroom, to
interdict the retrenchment course of. In line with Bemawu president Hannes du Buisson,
the SABC had not consulted sufficiently with unions on the method.
SABC administration has denied this, saying it exceeded
Previous to CWU saying the strike, SABC’s group government
of human sources Dr Mojaki Mosia appeared on SA Right now, indicating that
administration couldn’t work opposite to the decision of the board; it might
quantity to insubordination.
He, nonetheless, mentioned that administration had famous the request of
organised labour. Mosia mentioned SABC employees got the choice to pick
voluntary severance packages or the provide of early retirement, to minimise the
variety of workers affected by the s189.