SABC strike: '4.5% salary increase an insult'

Workers affiliated with unions, Communications Workers Union and Broadcasting, Electronic, Media & Allied Workers Union are demanding a 10% hike.

FILE: Striking SABC employees gather outside the Johannesburg offices of the public broadcaster on 14 December 2017, demanding salary increases. Picture: Masechaba Sefularo/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Striking SABC employees have on Thursday morning gathered outside the offices of the public broadcaster across the country, demanding salary increases.

Workers affiliated with unions, Communications Workers Union (CWU) and Broadcasting, Electronic, Media & Allied Workers Union (Bemawu) are demanding a 10 % hike.

The SABC says it can only afford 4.5%.

About 200 employees gathered at the SABC in Auckland Park carrying placards which read: "We are worth more" and "No increase no work".

Bemawu's Hanes Du Basson says the turnout of workers shows their commitment to the cause.

“We are achieving what we came here for. I think this is a demonstration by SABC workers to show their dissatisfaction.”

The CWU’s Aubrey Tshabalala says the increase the SABC is offering is an insult.

“They’ve said 4.5%. Which 4.5% let me unpack it for you; they were supposed to backdate it for nine months, they’ve only backdated it for six months. When you spread it for a year it means that the actual salary increase that they’re giving workers is R2,200."

Workers were addressed by Cosatu's leadership, after which a memorandum was handed over to management.