EFF: SABC retrenchments a ‘senseless attempt at prosperity’

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) admitted that retrenchments at the SABC are part of a broader “job-bloodbath” in the country but maintained that the national broadcaster should not resort to retrenching its staff. 

This comes after the SABC sent retrenchment notices to 600 of its employees. According to the EFF, in order to create a financially stable, and self-sufficient organisation. 

The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and the lockdown have unfortunately led to many companies and businesses having to cut back on salaries or even employees in order to survive.

EFF DISAGREES WITH RETRENCHMENTS 

The EFF said the “bankrupt-logic” behind the retrenchments leaves much to be desired. 

“An institution cannot expect to build self-sufficiency and final prosperity through decreasing its work-force,” it said in a statement on Saturday 20 June. 

“An effort to create financial prosperity particularly in the broadcasting sector should be based on strategic investments, maximisation of locally produced content, exporting such content to foreign markets and goal-orientated management that will create financial stability and self-sufficiency,” it said.  

“It is not a sustainable solution and will lead to the collapse of the SABC,” it added. 

The EFF argued that the SABC has achieved notable increases in audience growth both at the level of news coverage and local drama viewership and therefore, shouldn’t have to retrench its employees. 

“This reveals that the stability and continuity of the SABC can be maintained by quality productions that can be introduced into the global market rather than senseless attempts at prosperity by firing people,” it said. 

“The EFF rejects the ridiculous and narrow reasoning within the SABC that will add to retrenchments in South Africa which are spiralling out of control. Unions must oppose mediocrity that seeks to thrive at the expense of the livelihoods of 600 employees.”

SABC SENDS OUT 189 LETTERS 

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), on Thursday 18 June, said it would begin the process of retrenching 600 employees. 

The public broadcaster said it met with representatives of organised labour where they were issued with a Section 189 notice. The broadcaster said employees would be invited to make representations during a consultation process. 

“The notice of redundancy will impact approximately 600 employees and these affected employees will be invited to make representations during a consultation process which will be facilitated by the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration,” it said. 

“Organised labour, as well as representatives of the non-unionised employees, will be consulted within a meaningful joint consensus-seeking process as mandated by Section 189 of the Labour Relations Act. This is to ensure full transparency, accountability and impartiality in terms of the Labour Relations Act 66 of 1995,” it added. 



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