The Broadcasting, Electronic, Media and Allied Workers Union (Bemawu) and the Communication Workers Union (CWU) are intending to go on a protected strike that could threaten the coverage of the ANC elective conference.
They have formally submitted their notice to strike to SABC management. The strike is set to commence on Thursday, 14 December 2017 at 6 am. They are demanding a 10% salary increase for all striking members,
Their demand is for a ten percent salary increase across the board for all BEMAWU members and employees participating in the strike. The SABC have offered a 4.5 % increase.
SABC spokesperson, Kaizer Kganyago says that they do not have money, but they understand the plight of their workers so they are going what they can.
There was a decision that was made to say, let us try adn do something for [the SABC workers] in terms of moving from a 0% increase that we have been offering all along, to a 4.5 % for the last 6 months of the year - so that we can meet each other half way.— Kaizer Kganyago, SABC spokesperson
Kganyago says this offering was made to show that they are doing something to help their workers. But the workers are asking for a 6 % increase backdated to April of this year.
The SABC is in this position because of mismanagement. Workers may feel that they are being unfairly punished for the the crimes of the board. But Kganyago says they are not trying to punish the workers. Despite how they got there, the company has know money and Kganyago says they are doing the best they can.
The issue of not having money is a reality, it is not something we are creating in our minds.— Kaizer Kganyago, SABC spokesperson
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