December 10, 2023

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Unions in talks with ministers above SABC occupation cuts

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Cape City – The Communication Employees Union (CWU) thinks it will be able to make development with the governing administration after President Cyril Ramaphosa responded to its letter about the SABC.

The unions are locked in a dispute with the SABC more than retrenchment ideas. A lot more than 300 personnel are anticipated to shed their jobs.

CWU standard secretary Aubrey Tshabalala reported yesterday that, soon after their march to the Union Properties this 7 days, Ramaphosa had responded and they were engaging with two ministers on the issue.

He mentioned they went to the greatest business in the land immediately after they realised the SABC was not ready to listen to their demands.

“We have taken the make a difference to the president wherever we will be in a position to make sizeable progress,” said Tshabalala.

The president informed them he would get a report from Minister of Communications Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams.

Tshabalala explained they would meet up with Ndabeni-Abrahams and Minister of Employment and Labour Thulas Nxesi to resolve the issue.

He mentioned the matter was urgent and essential to be settled soon.

“From the side of the condition and various political parties in Parliament there is a perception of becoming keen to listen and how we come across a answer,” said Tshabalala.

He said the conversations with Ndabeni-Abrahams and Nxesi would be ongoing.

The SABC has been locked in a dispute with the unions considering the fact that it introduced a section 189 process to retrench some of the employees.

The general public broadcaster had initially desired to fire 600 workers, but the amount was minimized to 300. But the unions and political parties are opposed to retrenchments at the SABC.

The community broadcaster has been incurring monetary losses in the past few many years. It acquired a bailout of a lot more than R3 billion from the Nationwide Treasury past 12 months.

Parties have reported work opportunities need to be saved at all expenses at the SABC.

But management has reported it necessary to slice the substantial and “unsustainable“ wage monthly bill which was threatening the SABC’s financial balance.

Unions have urged management to take into consideration other options rather than slice work opportunities.

Late previous year, Parliament debated the crisis at the SABC, calling for a option that saved the workers’ employment.

The ANC has also occur out in guidance of the workers.

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