No confirmation if SABC has kicked off its retrenchment process - CWU

The Communication Workers Union says it is looking into reports that the local broadcaster has already kicked off it's retrenchment process.

It's believed some fixed-term contract and freelance producers working on the public broadcaster's 24-hour news channel on DSTV, are officially out of a job.

While the Afternoon Drive team has made attempts to reach the SABC for comment, they have been unable to reach the newly-appointed communications manager.

President of the Communication Workers Union, Clyde Mervin says they have not received any confirmation on the retrenchments as of yet.

At this point in time we have not received any information yet but I have just spoken to various leadership of the SABC in terms of our members and definitely we are going to raise our grievances formally on Tuesday.

Clyde Mervin, President of the Communication Workers Union

The SABC informed us in a formal correspondence that they wanted to engage us on section 189 and we were waiting for that moment. Our view is very simple, we are going to defend any jobs...We have responded in the Cosatu congress, saying no to the retrenchments at the SABC and Cosatu has given us their full support.

Clyde Mervin, President of the Communication Workers Union

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