SABC strike set to intensify

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The strike by South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) staff affiliated to trade union BEMAWU is set to be intensified Friday.

This is despite an ultimatum that the public broadcaster has issued for striking staff to return to work or face disciplinary action.

The SABC says the strike is unprotected as BEMAWU did not follow due processes.

Workers are demanding a ten per cent salary increase while the SABC maintains that it cannot afford it because of its current budgetary constraints.

Labour unions BEMAWU the CWU and the new SABC board were locked in talks throughout the yesterday in an attempt to resolve the demands by the staff.

There hasn’t been an official statement for either party as how the talks went but judging from the text messages sent by the unions to its members calling for the strike action to be intensified, it hasn’t gone well.

The SABC is currently in a financial crisis.

It has since applied for a government guarantee and it’s still awaiting the government’s response.

The SABC has threatened to take disciplinary action against those taking part in the strike which it deemed to be unprotected.

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