Communication workers reveal plans against SABC


WORKERS in South Africa’s telecommunications sector, under the umbrella Communications Workers Union (CWU) have revealed their programme of action as the strike against SABC rages on.

CWU revealed that it was embarking on such actions as a go-slow, marches, staya-ways and overtime bans among others.

“We hereby wish to inform all our provincial leaders and their respective constituencies that CWU on behalf of its members in the SABC has been granted permission by the Labour Court to embark on a protected industrial action, after the SABC interdict in this regard was dismissed. We therefore wish to present a draft program of action for consideration not only by our SABC members and shopstewards but also by all our members and leaders in the sector, CWU stated.
Tomorrow, its members will be expected to converge at the CWU offices in all provinces, from where they would be addressed by the union leadership and proceed with marches to the respective SABC Regional Offices through out the country.
Already, CWU members at SABC are on a go slow with the union saying, “This is another form of strike action that gradually will start to have an impact on the services of the employer and constitute a partial withdrawal of labour whilst still performing some duty at an unusually slow pace.”

CWU urged leaders to in their respective provinces and respective constituencies to start sensitising and mobilising all CWU members anticipation of a Secondary Strike in support of CWU members in the SABC and other companies.

The union is currently in disputes with Telkom SA, the South African Post Office and Sentech.

“There is likelihood that we may reach deadlock in other companies,” said CWU.

Workers at SABc are demonstrating against what they believe are low salaries and poor management at the public broadcaster.