WATCH | SABC retrenchments: Unions, ANCYL demand reversal of dismissal letters

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  • CWU and ANCYL joined workers outside the SABC to picket amid a suspended retrenchment process.
  • Workers are demanding a better business model. 
  • Management has been given seven days to consider the workers' demands. 

The Communication Workers Union (CWU) and the ANC Youth League (ANCYL) joined SABC workers on Friday to picket amid pending retrenchments at the public broadcaster. 

"We demand a reversal of the dismissal letters. We remain opposed to the commercialisation of the SABC, and we remain committed to the mandate of the public broadcaster," CWU secretary-general Aubrey Tshabalala said at the picket in Auckland Park, Johannesburg. 

This comes after workers at the SABC received notices this week. The process has since been suspended for seven days, Fin24 reported. 

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Workers showed up in their numbers, demanding a better funding model for the public broadcaster. 

SABC senior journalist Chriselda Lewis, who was seen in a viral video making a passionate plea to management, on Friday told the crowd that the broadcaster belonged to them all, not just individuals.

The CWU, as well as the ANCYL, made several demands, including:
  • A reversal of all the dismissal letters;
  • Management must abandon their corporate plan that involves retrenching workers;
  • The disbanding of the SABC board;
  • Salary cuts for the executive; and
  • An end to outsourcing of core services.

Tshabalala called for workers to be brave and down tools until their demands were met. 

The memorandum was received by SABC Group CEO Madoda Mxakwe, who committed to taking the demands to the board and communicating the outcome to the union.

Management has been given seven days to respond.

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