Wage negotiations between the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) and unions will continue on Thursday at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA).

The SABC revised its offer following an impasse in negotiations to a one-off payment of 18,000 rand or a total increase of 2% along with a one-off payment of 3,000 rand.

“We can present to you Commissioner a one-off offer of 18,000 rand where we do not differentiate between professional levels and that is the preferred option. However, if percentage increases remain the preferred approach, the same proposal would look like this. It will be 2% effective October 1st. And the escort will be 3 000 rand,” says SABC Group Head of Human Resources Mojaki Mosia.

The unions say they will review the proposal and consult with their members before making a final decision. They demanded a one-off payment of 20,000 rand for the 2021/22 financial year, as well as an 8% increase across the board and a 500 rand increase in housing benefit for the 2022/23 financial year.

“At this point, we obviously wouldn’t have the authority to accept the offer that was put on the table. At the moment, our time is a bit removed from the proposal that the SABC made. And I think the proposal will be that as workers we want to have a short meeting to discuss the proposal that has been put on the table. I suspect we will have to go back to our constituencies to ask if they will consider this,” explains BEMAWU President Hannes du Buisson.

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