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18 August 2014
GENERATIONS DISMISSAL DRAMA, RETURN TO NEGOTIATIONS TABLE
The Media Workers Association of SA notes with grave concern the mass dismissal of members
of the cast of longrunning T! show Generations"
We urge the #arties to set aside the wrongo#tiion dismissals and reload negotiations in a
facilitated #rocess""
This sinister and c$nical move comes after re#eated failures b$ both the SA%& and the
#roduction com#an$ MMS! to engage in bona 'de negotiation #rocesses to address recurrent
contractual issues of mutual interest raised in good faith b$ the workers"
Generations averages about about (20m #er month e)cluding re#eats" *t is arguable that
#ossible claims of #otential ina+ordabilit$ of the #ro#osal or demand for im#roved
remuneration is sustainable" Massive bonuses were #aid out in a windfall in ,ul$ and some free
riders were bene'ciaries"
*t is also law in South Africa that the conce#t of e-ual #a$ for work of e-ual value should be
observed"
What we have here is $et another regrettable dis#la$ of failed bargaining #rocesses" We had
said in .ebruar$ 2011 that the SA%& can onl$ be turned around b$ those with inde#th
knowledge/ skill and re-uisite acumen"
*t seems the #referred a##roach of the current leadershi# of SA%& and MMS! is that getting rid
of the workers amounts to a sustainable solution to the endemic #roblems regarding
contractual relations between the SA%&/ #roduction com#anies and workers"
*t is obscene abuse of cor#orate #ower and managerial #rivilege" &ontracts must remain
negotiable within reason and in #ursuit of the common good"
The Marikana e)#erience is still fresh in our minds" MWASA itself is an e)#erienced victim of
such an abusive a##roach to bargaining and e)am#les of this deleterious form of heav$
handedness abound" This as we are told is 0leadershi# at its best10
We have followed with keen interest the #light of creative workers over the $ears as the$
generate billions of rand for a su#ere)#loitative industr$ that s#its ever$bod$ out as soon as
the s#otlight dims" The histor$ of our e)#loitative creative sector is littered with casualties and
victims of the slaveandmaster contracts$stem that creates sel'sh millionaires on one hand
and #au#ers and beggars on the other without relent"
We full$ su##ort the struggle for im#roved working conditions/ for com#etitive remuneration/
for the consideration of fair com#ensation regarding ro$alties/ rebroadcasts/ sales and
s$ndication"
The dismissals invite inhibitive #otential costs of collateral damage on both sides" *n #articular
the irrational decision re#resents a devastating adverse im#act to the over 12million viewers
across the countr$ and abroad"
*t is our submission that the actors/ the SA%& and MMS! 2roductions should urgentl$ consider
setting aside the dismissal and work on returning to the negotiation table" A facilitated #rocess
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o##ortunit$ #resents itself to 'nd an amicable resolution"
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Tuwani 4umani
Ge!eral Se9re%ar:
Co!%a9%1 generalsecretar$5mwasa"org"6a %uw"u7;:a&oo,9o7
<2/3= <0= 6/ 3>$ $6.3
All 9orres(o!e!9es %o be ire9%e %o %&e O?9e o@ %&e Ge!eral Se9re%ar:
Reg. Ref. No: LR2/6/2/2169
Na%io!al E-e9u%iAe1 < A9%i!" +resie!%= Ms, Lu!"ile Lus&o8i, Mr, M8wa!ile M!"u!i
<A9%i!" De(u%: +resie!%=, Mr, Da!iel Moroba!e, <A9%i!" Treasurer=, Mr, Tuwa!i
Gu7a!i <Ge!eral Se9re%ar:=, Mr, Tsie%si Mo&oalali, Mr, Bo!"a!i Bo(&ela, Mr, 'a!
Mas&a%ola, Ms, No!&la!&la Ma%&ebula<Ho!=, Mr, Sa7 *ilaBa8i, Mr, ReA, 'o!"a, Ms,
S&arle!e +rober%, Mr, Lu9B: MB&wa!a8i, Ms, Eu!i9e Mala%Ci
MWASA IS A MEMBER OF IF', UNI 4GLOBAL, SA'A, THE SA +RESS COUNCIL, WWM+, SOS AND
R/K CAM+AIGNS, MICT4SETA AND IF'4AFRICA
NB: Please consider the impact of printing this email. One ream of paper = 5.4 kg CO2 in the
atmosphere;3 sheets of 4 paper = ! litre of "ater. Climate change and en#ironmental
degradation a$ect the most #%lnera&leD
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