Cosatu calls for nationwide 'Generations' boycott

The federation says the labour dispute has now become about much more than the soapie.

FILE: Fired 'Generations' actors Patrick Shai (Left), Slindile Nodangala (Center) and Menzi Ngubane (Right) address the media at a briefing on 26 August, 2014 following their dismissal from the television series. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Pressure is mounting on the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) and the producers of Generations to reinstate 16 fired actors with the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) now calling for a week-long boycott of the show.

Cosatu, the country's largest labour federation, says it will take the fight to the public broadcaster and demand transformation of the industry.

The actors of the popular soapie went on strike demanding better salaries and a three-year contract.

The artists were sacked on 18 August after ignoring an ultimatum to report for duty.

The federation says the labour dispute has now become about much more than the soapie.

It also says it has serious concerns about the payment of royalties and companies that do business with the SABC.

Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi says from 15 September, no South African must tune into SABC 1 between 20:00 and 20:30 to watch Generations.

Meanwhile, the fired cast last month called on the national broadcaster to stop condemning black talent to a life of poverty.

The 16 sacked actors of the popular soapie spoke out last month in a bid to set the record straight.

Many of the actors were in tears and said their rights had been violated and spoke out against what they called apartheid working conditions.

The cast members also said they were angry at the show's management for disclosing their salaries to the media.

The SABC has promised a new-look Generations.

The list of fired Generations actors includes:

Sophie Ndaba (Queen)

Menzi Ngubane (Sibusiso)

Seputla Sebogodi (Kenneth)

Katlego Danke (Dineo)

Thami Mnqolo (Senzo)

Zolisa Xaluva (Jason)

Winnie Ntshaba (Khetiwe)

Slindile Nodangala (Ruby)

Zenande Mfenyana (Noluntu)

Thato Molamu (Nicholas)

Anga Makubalo (MJ)

Mandla Gaduka (Choppa)

Patrick Shai (Patrick)

Atandwa Kani (Samora)

Nambitha Mpulwana (Mawande)

Zikhona Sodlaka (Priska)