The Broadcasting Electronic Media & Allied Workers Union (BEMAWU) have demanded the SABC suspend several managers they say were responsible for the firing of the SABC 8. If their demands are not met in this week, the union have threatened strike action against the public broadcaster.
BEMAWU President Hannes du Buisson says that this is one of several demands they have for the public broadcaster.
According to du Buisson, the most urgent demand they have is the appointment of the SABC board. Having no board is a huge issue of concern for BEMAWU as it creates a huge governance issue within the SABC.
We've heard reports of the minister who is getting involved in the operational issues of the SABC. That is of course absolutely a no-no. We cannot get the minister and politicians getting involved in the public broadcaster and the day to day running thereof.— Hannes du Buisson, BEMAWU President
Following the appointment of a permanent board, the next urgent concern, the people involved in creating the protest footage ban that led to the dismissal of the SABC 8.
Du Bussion says that this ban was not enforced by one person and those involved must answer for their actions.
The protest policy is not something that could have been designed and enforced by only one person alone. There's a whole network of people that were either actively involved in enforcing the policy or passively involved.— Hannes du Buisson, BEMAWU President
Du Buisson said a meeting was held on Monday with the majority of news staff to gage the mood they have regarding the strike. He says that they are ready to go on strike.
We are talking about at least 100 people that is made up of mainly technical people, but also a number of fairly senior journalists. So we firmly believe that if those people go on strike, there will be absolutely no news, or very little news.— Hannes du Buisson, BEMAWU President
On Thursday the BEMAWU have a meeting with the Acting Group Chief Executive. Depending on the outcome of that meeting, the union will see if they follow the legal process and go on strike.
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