Communications Workers Union, (CWU), has filed a new wage dispute with the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) after withdrawing its earlier dispute which had contained incorrect information.

The withdrawal of the dispute forced fellow union Broadcasting, Electronic, Media & Allied Workers Union (BEMAWU) to urge its striking members to return to work immediately, as the strike at the public broadcaster could no longer have been considered protected.

The new CWU dispute contains demands including a 10%  increment backdated to April, when increases should have been paid, along with a demand for the SABC to budget for bonuses, rather than link them to performance assessments. The cash strapped SABC is not offering any increase.

Meanwhile,Acting SABC CEO, Nomsa Piliso, says the talks will continue.

“BEMAWU has agreed to withdraw the strike and to say to members to go back to work. On Monday we will all go back and revisit about when we starting to engage again.”

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