MultiChoice on Tuesday announced Newzroom Afrika as the successful bidder out of the more than hundred others that expressed interest.
More than 300 workers that are now without jobs.
The new channel has said it is committed to prioritising AfroWorld View employees.
But the channel is only launching next year, what happens to these employees between now and next year when this channel launches?
Speaking to Clement Manyathela on The Midday Report, General Secretary of the Communications Workers Union (CWU) AubreyTshabalala says they started the discussion of these workers as early as January.
One of the things that we have finally had a memorandum of understanding on with MultiChoice was to make sure that the impact of unemployment is not felt by workers.— Aubrey Tshabalala, General Secretary
Who were not necessarily part of the decision making for AfroWolrd View to be shut down.— Aubrey Tshabalala, General Secretary
He adds that they also held MultiChoice directly responsible for this high level of unemployment.
Their decision has an impact on the employees.
We are embarking on discussions in good faith and then released a joint statement with MultiChoice that we will make sure that those people are absorbed.— Aubrey Tshabalala, General Secretary
Listen below to the full interview: