SABC staff to resume strike
Written by Keshia Jansen on December 12, 2017
SABC employees are set to resume their national strike on Thursday.
The Broadcasting, Electronic, Media and Allied Workers’ Union (Bemawu) and the Communications Workers’ Union (CWU) met with SABC over the weekend to discuss wage negotiations, reports News24.
However, the negotiations fell through when the trade unions rejected SABC’s 4.5% salary increase offer.
Another factor taken into consideration is the backdating of the increase, which SABC has proposed to extend only as far as April.
News24 reports that according to SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago, the strike will not hinder the broadcasting of the ANC’s 54th national conference scheduled on Saturday.
Mail and Guardian notes that according to Bemawu and CWU, the unions each have 1800 and 1400 members at SABC respectively.
It is unknown how many of these employees will participate in the national strike.
SABC has been given until Thursday to respond to the matter.
Bemawu and CWU went on strike in November after it was announced that there would be no salary increase.
The demanded increases were, however, rejected by SABC, on account of a lack of funds.