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sabcSowetan reports that the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has given trade unions a final opportunity to make submissions on the looming retrenchment of 600 workers after consultations collapsed on Friday.  

The public broadcaster and unions failed to reach agreement during the consultations, which were facilitated by the CCMA.  SABC spokesperson Mmoni Seapolelo said on Sunday:  “Although the Section 189 process is concluded and the consulting parties have not made any submissions on their alternatives within the Section 189 consultation process, in the interest of the possible affected employees, the SABC is allowing the consulting parties to make one last written submission regarding proposals to the structure or alternatives for the SABC to consider.”  She added:  “Although the SABC can now unilaterally implement retrenchments it is offering unions the last chance to make written submissions.”  Hannes du Buisson of the Broadcasting, Electronic Media and Allied Workers Union accused the SABC of acting arrogantly by wanting to rush through the process while unions still have unanswered questions.  “There was a strong recommendation from the CCMA that the SABC must still come and present structures because they presented a structure without scale codes [salary scales].  So, in terms of the already presented structure, which were rushed through, we still have no idea as we need them to still explain those positions,” Du Buisson stated.  He did not rule out the possibility of launching an urgent Labour Court challenge to stop the retrenchments as unions seek clarity on the structure.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Isaac Mahlangu at SowetanLive


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