Bemawu rejects SABC claim it has no money for salary hikes

Workers affiliated to the union went on strike on Tuesday morning. They're demanding a 10% wage hike, while the SABC is offering 4.5%.

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

JOHANNESBURG – The Broadcasting, Electronic, Media & Allied Workers Union (Bemawu) has rejected the SABC's claim that it has no money for increases, insisting that its members will not report for duty until they receive reasonable raises.

Workers affiliated to the union went on strike on Tuesday morning.

They're demanding a 10% wage hike, while the SABC is offering 4.5%.

SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago says they understand the plight of the workers.

“It cannot be right to say that when we offer a 4.5% it is looked at as if it is punishment. We do not have the money. If we then give them a percentage that we cannot afford, we are going to end up with a situation where we cannot afford to pay them.”

But Bemawu says it doesn’t believe the public broadcaster has no money.

Spokesperson Hannes du Buisson said: “Just recently, a few days ago state of the art access systems have been installed at the SABC, by the looks of it, it must have cost millions of rands. There’s new posts being advertised for general managers on high salary scales.”