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Workplace rights radio campaign continues

The Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) and SABC Education radio campaign, Make Your Rights Work for You, continues live on air on 11 community radio stations. The focus of the campaign is to promote awareness of workplace rights and how best to apply them.

Surekha Singh, commissioning editor of SABC Education said: "Feedback from listeners so far is that the live interviews with commissioners have been very well received and they have generated a lot of interest from workers who are not always aware of their right to join a trade union, what to do if they lose their job or experience discrimination. The public information and social development unit at SABC Education sees the campaign as an opportunity to promote public engagement on workplace rights, through live weekly interviews with CCMA Commissioners and the chance for listeners to phone in with their queries."

Transforming workplace relations

Future topics include: What are my rights when I am retrenched? Rights of farm and domestic workers, and Working on the mines. Special focal areas include dealing with sexual harassment in the workplace and rights as a working parent.

CCMA director Nerine Kahn said: "Our experience has shown the value of ensuring that employees and employers understand their rights and responsibilities in the workplace. This initiative is a key element of our programme to build knowledge and understanding in line with our objective of transforming workplace relations."

The stations and time slots are:

  • Phalaphala FM: Fridays, 8.30pm to 9pm.
  • Thobela FM: Thursdays, 9.30pm to 10pm.
  • Munghana Lonene FM: Wednesdays, 9.05pm to 10pm.
  • Ligwalagwala FM: Tuesdays, 9.30pm to 10pm.
  • Ukhozi FM: Sundays, 2.30pm to 3pm.
  • Umhlobo Wenene FM: Mondays, 9.05pm to 9.30pm.
  • Tru FM: Wednesdays, 6.30pm to 7pm.
  • Lesedi FM: Sundays, 9.05pm to 9.30pm.
  • XK FM: Saturdays, 11.10am to 11.40am.
  • Motsweding FM: Wednesdays, 9.20pm to 9.40pm.
  • Ikwekwezi FM: Thursdays, 9.30pm to 10pm.
  • RSG: Sundays, 3.05pm to 3.30pm.

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