Unions representing SABC Over the next 14 days, staff will be engaging their members across the country to finalize where workers will picket over pay.

The unions, the Broadcasting, Electronic Media and Allied Workers Union (BEMAWU) and the Communications Workers Union (CWU) met with SABC sponsored by the CCMA at Auckland Park in Johannesburg.

Workers plan industrial strike over pay dispute.

The unions rejected all three of the SABC’s proposals, one of which was a 3% increase without a retroactive date. Instead, they are demanding a one-off payment of 20,000 rand for the 2021/22 financial year, an 8%% increase across the board and a 500 rand increase in housing benefit in 2022/23.

CWU’s Nathan Bowers says picketing rules have been discussed.

“It is not yet known where we are going to picket. You must remember that we are going to picket in nine provinces. For example, in Cape Town we have to get the opinion of Parliament as a landlord to say they agree with us about whether we can picket where we have proposed. We want to hold a picket in front of the monument. But there are areas like Mpumalanga where there is a private owner. They have a lease there. Therefore, they must be involved. But we also want to finish with our comrades in the Free State, KZN, Eastern Cape. We want to be sure about what inputs we want to accept.”

Meeting between representatives of trade unions SABC staff started at 10 this morning and was led by CCMA Commissioner Dudu Madubanya.

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