eNCA denies dismissing a worker for organising a union

2016-02-20 18:06

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Johannesburg – News broadcaster eNCA has dismissed rumours on social media that the company had allegedly dismissed an employee for organising workers into a union.  

“The claims are defamatory, false and social media outrage is misplaced. Staff may join a trade union if they wish. The issue here was an open letter making false and defamatory claims,” said eNCA head of corporate affairs, Vasili Vass, on Saturday.

The news broadcaster also dismissed the claims on its official Twitter account. It tweeted, "@eNCA staffer dismissed for misconduct, defamation and publishing untruth not union rights. We note factually incorrect tweets."

Former eNCA newsreader, Nikiwe Bikisha, tweeted, "My former colleague, a technical director at eNCA has being fired for trying to organise workers into a union. I think it's disgraceful."

Employee Modise Morobane, who was allegedly dismissed recently, would not be drawn into commenting on the matter, saying he would only speak to News24 on Monday.   

In a press release dated February 13, the Communications Workers Union (CWU) claimed they were “disgusted and outraged at the ongoing violation of workers’ rights and blatant racist practices at the eNCA".

The detailed statement also maintained Morobane was suspended after raising pertinent worker issues with management. The union added the company had salary "anomalies" that were entrenched along colour lines.  

Legal action and mass action

“Workers are told in no uncertain terms that joining a union is prohibited," said spokesperson for the CWU, Aubrey Tshabalala. "As CWU we are left with no alternative but to take serious action against e.tv which includes legal action and mass action."

News24 spoke to at least three sources about the claims.

A source who asked to remain anonymous because they feared being victimised, told News24 that staff have tried to get a union running since last year but that management had targeted people who allegedly spearheaded the action.  

“About 85% of staff are unhappy, and the management doesn't want workers to join any union, but we are now fed up” said one source.  

Another claimed that several staff had resigned and more resignations were expected.  

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