Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The "Generations" dismissal drama: Organise or Suffer

MWASA (Media Workers Association of South Africa) is encouraged by revered actor John Kani's endorsement of the call we made to performing workers to liberate themselves by organising into collective bargaining entities. 

It is in effect the only way to ensure sustainable gainful employment security.

The challenges of an industry built on irreconcilable opposites of instant fame and grand-exploitation are many and are endemic across the cultural industries. 

The Generations dismissal saga represents just the tip of an imposing iceberg. Whilst South Africans are consistently told that Hlaudi Motsoeneng has stabilised the SABC and made it profitable, the tales of abuse, denigration and dehumanising detailed by members of the cast of Generations, echo those MWASA has been at pains to communicate to all. 

Workers employed by the SABC are treated to comparable worse conditions driven by palpable fear of being purged at the drop of hat. Where the interests of the SABC's top-brass are involved,  there is no room for fair negotiations and crossing the COO has life-threatening consequences. 

We are encouraged by the brave cast members in setting examples of courage and strength workers derive through organisation and standing up for their rights.

MWASA will work with all and sundry to assist in realising the goal of a united workforce to defeat institutionalised exploitation. 
Tuwani Gumani  
General Secretary
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