Sapa staff planning to go to CCMA - report

2015-02-06 13:34
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Johannesburg - Staff members of the SA Press Association (Sapa) are planning to take their dismissal to the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA).

The union representing staff told the Mail & Guardian they were not included in the negotiation process, despite an agreement with the wire service.

The Sapa board announced on Thursday that the news agency would send out its last story at midnight on 31 March.

The news agency has been in existence since 1938, it said in a statement.

The union sent a letter to Sapa’s management at the start of the week informing them that the union must be included in the discussion of the process in terms of labour legislation.

Sapa’s imminent closure was a sad day for the media industry, the National Press Club said on Thursday.

"The club joins the South African media fraternity in mourning the sad demise of Sapa," chairperson Jos Charle said in a statement.

"For many decades Sapa has been a trusted partner in the media industry, generating and providing news content and tips used by most media houses."

Charle said Sapa had provided an unparalleled service "reaching the vast corners of our country where the rest of the media fell short".

The club hoped that the possible establishment of a commercial syndication would become a reality, he said.

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