SABC to act against intimidation of non-striking employees

Staff at the public broadcaster stopped work on Thursday over a wage dispute with the SABC.

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

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) will take action against striking employees who are found to have intimidated those who choose to report for duty.

Staff at the public broadcaster stopped work on Thursday over a wage dispute with the SABC.

Members of the Communication Workers Union and the Broadcast, Electronic Media and Allied Workers Union (Bemawu) are demanding a 10% salary increase, while the public broadcaster is offering 4.5%, citing its poor financial state.

The strike affected current affairs broadcasts on some SABC radio stations.

SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago says they won't tolerate the intimidation of non-striking employees.

“The strike is a legal strike, so there won’t be repercussions for people participating in the strike.

“The only other thing that we’ve heard is that some of the people have been intimidated and if we find that’s true, that will be falling outside of the strike rules and we’ll have to deal with the people.”