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CWU members to picket outside eNCA offices today

The union wants eNCA to agree to talks to discuss allegations of racism.

eNCA news channel logo. Picture: eNCA Facebook page

JOHANNESBURG - The Communication Workers Union (CWU) says its members will picket outside the eNews Channel Africa (eNCA)'s offices unless the broadcaster agrees to talks, to discuss allegations of racism.

The union has weighed in on social media debates about racism after an employee was allegedly dismissed for trying to start a union.

eNCA has denied the claims, saying the man was dismissed for misconduct and defamation.

But the CWU says the majority of employees are unhappy or have made allegations of racism or other points of contention.

"There's vicious union bashing. This month alone, all the subscriptions of union members has been stops without union members knowing why. It's a matter we're following up."

eTV group head of corporate affairs Vasili Vass has dismissed the claims, saying any employee can join a union.

"The company has always respected the labour laws and the Constitution of South Africa and should any employee wish to join a trade union, they may do so."