Unions threaten an SABC blackout

2020-Nov-22   07:23

Unions threaten an SABC blackout Source: Silver Sibiya/Newsnote

- Silver Sibiya

Will public broadcaster the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) get its first blackout today? If unions' threats are anything to go by, things are getting pretty close to that.

The Communications Workers Union (CWU) on Thursday gave tye SABC an ultimatum to withdraw notices of retrenchment or face mass rolling action that will result in a blackout.

CWU General Secretary, Aubrey Tshabalala, said during a media briefing on Thursday in Johannesburg that the SABC board had until 5pm to retract the notices or gace a shutdown.

“We demand that SABC abandons its retrenchment plans with immediate effect. Failure to respond positively by 5pm today CWU will embark on an industrial action starting this Friday,” he said.

Tshabalala said CWU would lead mass protests at all SABC offices but, they would deliver a memorandum at Auckland Park, the broadcaster's head office.

“In Auckland Park it will be our national programme where we will be calling the group Chief Executive Officer and group Chairperson to come and collect our memorandum of demands," he said..

Tshabalala said the SABC also deserves to be placed under administration.

SABC started issuing letters of retrenchment this week and employees have been embarking on lunchtime pickets for the past three days.

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