SBS staff are worried about loosing their jobs to outsourcing as the broadcaster ascertains whether it is more cost effective and technologically better to outsource their presentation and playout departments. Other areas could go. But a spokesperson for SBS said news, current affairs and sport would not be outsourced.
Meanwhile one of the unions representing workers at SBS, the Community & Public Sector Union (CPSU) is taking a multi-pronged approach to save jobs and address the underlaying issue, the commercialisation of SBS. With the slogan SBS – without the special…it’s just BS the CPSU has launched a campaign that calls on the Minister to provide greater funding for SBS. The one page online letter, which can be signed by anyone, concludes by saying “I call on you and your Government to demonstrate your support for SBS by providing more triennial funding for SBS so that it can meet its Charter Obligations and cease the commercialization and outsourcing of SBS work. Without adequate funding from your Government, SBS can no longer be ‘special’ and it is just another broadcasting service. Our community is relying on you and your Government to support SBS and will be watching what happens on 9 May 2012 very carefully”.
Ordinary members of the public, including people not working at SBS may sign the online letter.