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cwu thumb medium90 95Independent News reports that the Communication Workers Union (CWU) has given the board and management of the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) until Thursday evening to abandon its current plans to retrench hundreds of employees or face a blackout on Friday.  

The union plans to embark on a national strike across branches of the public broadcaster, with the main strike action at the corporation’s headquarters in Auckland Park.  SABC board chairperson Bongumusa Makhathini told MPs on Wednesday that the plan to retrench around 400 employees was going ahead as failure to implement it could contribute to the collapse of the broadcaster.  CWU general secretary Aubrey Tshabalala demanded that the SABC retract the letters of dismissals that had been issued and abandon the plan or face the wrath of workers.  “Our action of the shutdown will continue into the following week and we will review our action and impact next week Wednesday 25th of November 2020 and inform the public of our second phase of action should the management remain stubborn,” Tshabalala stated.  The SABC board was scheduled to meet on Thursday when the restructuring plan and planned strike were expected to be discussed.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Siviwe Feketha at Independent News

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