SABC lays off 303 staff members after concluding Section 189 consultations

Late last year, the public broadcaster announced that it had temporarily halted the consultation process after being confronted by angry staff.

FILE: The SABC headquarters in Johannesburg. Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) on Thursday announced that it retrenched 303 of its staff members following its lengthy Section 189 consultation process. with unions and other stakeholders

Late last year, the public broadcaster announced that it temporarily halted the consultation process after being confronted by angry staff.

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More than 600 personnel were expected to be affected, however, in a statement, the SABC said the final number of redundancies were dependent on the acceptance of the proposed alternatives and the number of employees who would opt for voluntary severance packages and early retirement.

“The SABC is satisfied that the Section 189 process can withstand any legal scrutiny. As confirmed by the Labour Court on 2 December 2020, the SABC 'properly conducted itself in the process, provided all consulting parties with sufficient information and constructively engaged with a view to reach consensus on all the consultations',” the statement further read.

The SABC’s Ian Plaatjies said after considering all options to minimise affected employees, at least 300 workers could still be retrenched.

“We do have 170 vacancies within the organisation.”

Throughout last month, SABC staff across the country picketed against the broadcaster’s restructuring plans.

In a strong display of solidarity, some staff members from the newsroom gathered at the Auckland Park office to protest.

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