Icasa strike continues

Strike action at the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has stretched to a fifth day.

Workers are demanding that they receive pay rises and bonuses back-dated to 2014 and a reversal of human resource policies, such as a performance management system.

Workers have alleged that changes to their remuneration were made without their consent.

The workers also dropped the services of the Communications Workers Union (CWU) and instead turned to a legal representative to help their cause.

After said discussions earlier this week between workers and management to try and establish a task force into the dispute, negotiations have reached a deadlock, according to the organiser of the picketing action Suzan Mashinini.

“The employer (Icasa) is showing no seriousness to attend to the strike issues,” Mashinini told Fin24.

“That task team was apparently set up met up with us with no mandate. The CEO said they are waiting for council to give them the mandate since they are the ones that approved everything.

“Now instead of them attending to the issues at hand, they are more concerned about the number of people on strike; they want their signatures. There’s just no seriousness and commitment from them,” Mashinini said.

Icasa was not immediately available for comment on the latest update of the strike.

Almost 100 workers from Icasa have taken part in the picketing action this week, said Mashinini.

Meanwhile, at the time of writing, Icasa still has to deliver its findings on a hearing into alleged censorship at the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC).

Icasa spokesperson Paseka Maleka said earlier this week that this decision was expected to be delivered by Thursday or Friday.


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