South Africa’s SABC Places A Hold On Planned Mass-Retrenchments
This follows the national public broadcaster’s decision not to renew the notice of consultation on retrenchments which had expired.
In September last year, due to a growing wage bill among other financial problems, the SABC had revealed that it had decided to retrench more than 2,000 of its staff members, which consisted of 1200 freelancers and 981 permanent employees.
According to a communication sent to employees on Thursday 31 January, the SABC has now put a hold on the retrenchment process for 14 months until a skills audit’s results give direction on who to let go and who to keep.
This decision was the result of extensive and constructive meetings with labour unions, the parliamentary portfolio committee on communications and SABC staff.
The communication received by staff said that the success of the future skills audit intervention was dependent on current job profiles. New job profiles would be formulated where necessary, and some current ones would be confirmed.
The SABC believes that this process will take 14 months, meaning that the consultation process will only begin in 2020.
The notice explained that the audit would help the SABC create a fit-for-purpose structure, which would clearly define spans of control, suitable skills and competencies for roles and appropriate layers of management.
It would also allow the SABC to meet its strategic objective of operating competitively and efficiently in a digitised environment, according to the communication.
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