SABC reaches wage deal with one striking union
Bemawu has called off its strike, after accepting an increase close to the broadcaster’s original offer, while the CWU is consulting members
The SABC has reached a wage deal with one union‚ following what it called "a difficult period".
The deal, announced by the SABC’s board and management on Saturday, follows a strike by members of the Broadcasting‚ Electronic Media and Allied Workers Union (Bemawu) and the Cosatu-aligned Communication Workers’ Union.
They downed tools from Thursday‚ ahead of this weekend’s ANC elective conference.
The strike gained traction with support from Cosatu and lobby group Right2Know.
The SABC announced that the wage deal it had reached for the 2017-18 financial year with Bemawu was for a 4.8% increase in basic salary‚ backdated to July 2017.
"Bemawu has now officially called off their strike‚" the national broadcaster said.
The CWU was consulting its members on the offer, the SABC said.
Previously‚ the company had offered a 4.5% raise‚ while workers demanded 10%.
SABC acting CEO Nomsa Philiso said: "These negotiations were quite tough as all parties had to find each other in reaching a solution around matters on the table.
"With the organisation dealing with a financial situation that is not ideal‚ we have had to strike a balance between taking care of employees‚ which is a priority, and ensuring we do not put further stress on the finances of the SABC."