SABC strike over wages set to continue

Workers are demanding a 10% increase, while the broadcaster says that it has no money.

SABC staff protest over wages in Durban on 2 November 2017. Picture: Ziyanda Ngcobo/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - A strike at the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) over salaries enters its second day on Friday, with no new offer on the table.

Media union Bemawu and SABC management were locked in meetings till late on Thursday night.

Workers are demanding a 10% increase, while the broadcaster says that it has no money.

The public broadcaster also claims that the strike is illegal but Bemawu's Hannes du Buisson says this is not true.

“Out lawyers have sent a letter to the SABC. We deny that the strike is unprotected. We intend to refer this letter on an urgent basis to the Labour Court for a declarative, so that the Labour Court can announce whether our strike is protected or not.”

Meanwhile, the Communication Workers' Union is demanding a 15% hike, but its members are not on strike.

The SABC’s Kaizer Kganyago has warned workers to return their posts or risk facing a disciplinary hearing.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)