Striking SABC employees have threatened to shut down the broadcaster ahead of the African National Congress conference. While the SABC have offered them a 4.5% salary increase, employees are demanding a 10 % increase. The first day of the strike was today.
Aubrey Tshabalala, general secretary at Communication Workers Union (CWU) says they are encouraged by how many workers have signed up for the strike, despite being told not too.
He adds that reason they are striking during such a critical time is too let SABC know they are serious about their demands. He says their core believe is that management will solve the issue by engaging with them.
It is not our sole intention to disrupt the public broadcaster. Out intention is for management to heed our call on the demands we have made thus far.— Aubrey Tshabalala, general secretary at CWU
Hannes du Buisson, president at Broadcasting, Electronic, Media and Allied Workers Union (BEMAWU) says that while there has been some intimidation surrounding some workers, particularly freelancer who are striking, they are protected.
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