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SABC welcomes Labour Court’s dismissal of BEMAWU’s application for leave to appeal

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The SABC has released a statement welcoming the Labour Court’s dismissal of BEMAWU’s application for leave to appeal the Section 189 resolution to retrench 300 redundant staffers.

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) took to Twitter on Friday, 22 January 2021, to welcome the decision by the Labour Court to dismiss the application for leave to appeal by the Broadcasting, Electronic, Media and Allied Workers Union (BEMAWU). The union was looking to have the Section 189 retrenchment plan overturned, but was unsuccessful in its efforts.

According to the statement, “The Court further held that ‘the envisaged dismissal free zone envisaged by section 189A is 60 days, which has long passed. This whole process must end.’

The Labour Court has therefore, once again, validated the SABC’s Section 189 process as being procedurally fair and that all participating stakeholders were afforded ample opportunity to engage meaningfully.”

The SABC has yet to formally announce the start of the retrenchment process, despite the plans previously being announced on social media.

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Sabelo Makhubo
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