Union assured SABC won't retrench
Johannesburg - The Communication Workers' Union (CWU) said
on Friday it is happy that there will be no retrenchments at the SABC.
"As CWU, we are delighted by the reassurance of the
SABC top executive management to rectify the mistake made by the chairperson of
the board," CWU spokesperson Matankana Mothapo said in a statement.
It was issued after a meeting between the union and the
SABC's executive management.
"Because as CWU, the utterances such as 'early
retirement', 'voluntary severance packages' and 'reducing headcount' to us in
the trade union movement language simply means retrenchment.
"And as CWU, we will never allow any action by any
employer including the SABC which is intended to destroy jobs in an economy
that is already experiencing high levels of unemployment and poverty."
SABC board chairperson Ben Ngubane told parliament's portfolio
committee on communication on Tuesday that headcounts were high at the SABC.
He said the board might need government assistance to deal with retrenchment at
the public broadcaster.