The Communications Workers Union (CWU) says it has reached a deadlock in salary negotiations with the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC).
The union says it rejects the 3.7% wage offer tabled by the public broadcaster. It says the offer is insufficient when compared to lucrative contracts allegedly offered to individuals in the organisation.
The CWU is demanding an 11% salary increase across the board.
“We believe that first, government must intervene in terms of guarantees, in terms of bailout as we’ve indicated. Two, what is very interesting from us is that the SABC continues to hire people while they are saying that they don’t have money. So where does this money come from? For example, the saga of Robert Marawa – which is R5 million. Obviously it’s an individual. One worker! 3% does not even make up for what the cost of living is today,” says CWU president Clyde Mervin.