JOHANNESBURG – South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) staff will go to a wage strike on Thursday, a day before ANC’s 54th National Elective Conference, officials have confirmed.
The staff is demanding a 10 percent salary raise and has openly rejected a 4,5 percent wage increase that the public broadcaster is offering.
Communication Workers Union (CWU) and the Broadcasting, Electronic, Media & Allied Workers Union (Bemawu) had threatened before that a strike was imminent if the public broadcaster fails to comply.
CPU’s Aubrey Tshabalala confirmed that workers at the public broadcaster will down their tools and not report to office until their salaries have been raised, adding that the 4,5 percent offered by the broadcaster is not enough.
In that 4.5 percent, they are saying they want to backdate it because it should have been paid since April, but they’re only prepared to pay for six months with the first installment coming in February and the second in March.”
Tshabalala added that, “The last four months will be paid in September 2018, meaning that there will be no increase next year and once we give up now as workers, we will be plunging ourselves deeper into a crisis as all commodities increase, including medical aid, and here they are offering zero percent.”
Comment from the SABC board on the issue is yet to be attained.
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