SABC may retrench close to 1‚000 staff

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) is to proceed with a Section 189 process and says it may retrench close to 1‚000 employees as part of the restructuring‚ which it estimates should result in a cost saving of about R400-million per annum.

It also plans to halve the number of freelancers it uses from 2‚400 to 1‚200.

A notice was issued to all staff on Monday informing them of the public broadcaster’s intention to proceed with Section 189 of the Labour Relations Act (LRA).

“The process was halted following the joint consensus seeking meeting held on 12 October 2018 with organised labour. At this meeting it was agreed that the LRA’s Section 189 notice will be put in abeyance until further details as requested by organised labour‚ were made available. The meeting also agreed to the appointment of a Commission for Conciliation‚ Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) facilitator who will foresee the consultation process.

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