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sabcBL Premium reports that the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) is unperturbed by looming strike action as it believes the drive to cut its wage bill can withstand any legal scrutiny.  

Earlier in January, the public broadcaster, which is in the throes of a liquidity crisis, advised that the retrenchment process would affect 303 employees across various levels in the organisation.  This is about half of the originally projected redundancies, but the final number will depend on the number of employees who will opt for voluntary severance packages and early retirement.  The announcement followed tough negotiations with unions over several months and pressure from communications minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams and ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule, who both made it clear that job cuts should be off the table.  This week, the Communication Workers Union (CWU), which represents about 900 SABC workers, said it opposed the job cuts and would organise a strike in the coming days because the broadcaster had negotiated in bad faith.  The strike notice is due to be served on Thursday.  SABC spokesperson Mmoni Seapolelo said the SABC was satisfied that its section 189 (retrenchment) process could withstand any legal scrutiny.  Should strike action occur, the SABC “has contingency plans in place to ensure the continuous running of SABC services”, she said.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Bekezela Phakathi at BusinessLive

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