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newsMail & Guardian reports that in the wake of the deregistration of the Media Workers’ Association of SA (Mwasa), one trade union is floating the idea of forming a media bargaining council.  

Information Communications and Technology Union (ICTU) spokesperson Thabang Mothelo said last week that a media bargaining council could be on the horizon.  Bargaining councils deal with collective agreements, solve labour disputes, establish various schemes and make proposals on labour policies and laws.  Before embarking on retrenchments, an employer must consult a bargaining council.  In a media sector in which retrenchments are common, a council could be a powerful tool for the people running it.  With about 5,000 members, the ICTU is still a relatively small union.  It has also historically drawn its membership from companies in the telecoms sector and only recently began making inroads in media, taking on media giant Tiso Blackstar over salary freezes and retrenchment plans at the group.  To bolster its numbers and drive the credibility of a new bargaining council, ICTU is eyeing Mwasa’s members.  That union still has about 3,000 members.  Mwasa general secretary Tuwani Gumani confirmed that, prior to its deregistration (effective as of 30 July), the union had indicated its willingness to transfer its members to another union, aligned to the SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu).  Mwasa’s registration was cancelled because it had failed to submit its financial statements, going all the way back to 2013.  Mothelo said ICTU had been in talks to absorb Mwasa’s members.

  • Read the full original of the above report by Sarah Smit at Mail & Guardian


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