A mediation process between the SABC management and worker unions is due to start shortly.

A meeting on Wednesday between the SABC management and workers unions Bemawu and CWU agreed that mediation would continue but failed to resolve pay differences.

Bemawu members have gone on strike while CWU is not taking part because of legal technicalities.

The SABC remains adamant that it cannot afford the 10% pay hike the unions are demanding.

Workers have gathered outside the broadcaster’s offices in Auckland Park, Johannesburg.

They say the goal is to move management to give them a 10% salary increase. They have been in negotiations since July but with no result.

A worker says: “Today we are out on the streets to demonstrate that we are serious with our livelihood. SABC need to understand that we are the SABC. We are the ones who make sure that everyday they go on air in radio and television and if they can’t respect us as employees we’ll keep at it until they show some respect.”

“The money that was squandered and all the crap that happened we did not do that,” adds another worker.