Thursday, June 9, 2016

Communication Workers Union (CWU) claims ANN7 news channel on DStv targeting unionised staff in yet another ugly disciplinary proceeding drama.

The Communication Workers' Union (CWU) says the Gupta-owned ANN7 (DStv 405) TV news channel is targeting unionised staff members in the ugly disciplinary process that has so far seen a massive 31 staffers hauled before disciplinary hearings last week.

ANN7 journalists and cameramen have been served with disciplinary hearing notices after they boo'ed the ANC Youth League president Collen Maine who dropped by the Infinity Media TV news channel and The New Age headquarters in Midrand in April.

Collen Maine wanted to show "support" to workers, who, according to an "open letter" pleaded with South Africa's banks to reinstate Oakbay Investments bank accounts (Infinity Media is a subsidiary of Oakbay), but was chased away.

50 workers, all belonging to the CWU, were charged with "conduct unbecoming an employee of the company" as well as "desertion of posts or unauthorised leaving of the workplace".