CWU threatens complete blackout at the SABC

Dozens of workers picketed outside the SABC headquarters in Auckland Park. The workers were joined by the EFF and the ANC to protest against looming retrenchments at the public broadcaster

The Communication Workers Union has threatened a complete blackout at the SABC if management does not give in to its demands.

The union has given the SABC until 5pm this afternoon to retract their letters of redundancy and to stop its retrenchments plans or face industrial action tomorrow. The union has already issued the SABC with a 48-hour notice of a strike. It also called on the board and executive management to step down, saying they’ve failed to turn the organisation around.

CWU General Secretary Aubrey Tshabalala,”Those who say management has decided and they might not reverse the decision, they don’t don’t know the power of workers, you actually don’t know the power of CWU.

Makhathini must test us, we’ll make SABC unmanageable. We’ll make sure that they’ll be nothing going on air, the management of the SABC, the board and Parliament will listen to us, whether they like it or not. Hence we’re saying if there’s no positive result, we’ll be looking at the second phase of the strike, we’re not saying that we’re retreating.”

SABC staff picket around the country 

Dozens of workers picketed outside the SABC headquarters in Auckland Park. The workers were joined by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and the African National Congress  (ANC) to protest against looming retrenchments at the public broadcaster.