SABC, Bemawu reach agreement on wage negotiations


JOHANNESBURG, December 16 – The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has reached an agreement with the Broadcasting, Electronic Media, and Allied Workers’ Union (Bemawu) on salary increases for the 2017/18 financial year, the corporation said on Saturday.

Bemawu members had agreed to a 4.8 percent increase in basic salary back-dated to July 2017, the SABC said in a statement.

Bemawu had now officially called off their strike action. The Communication Workers’ Union (CWU) was currently seeking concurrence on the offer with their members.

SABC acting CEO Nomsa Philiso said the 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 which 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,” she said.

The SABC expressed its gratitude to all managers and staff members “who kept the ship afloat” during the protest action. Their efforts were well appreciated as they helped the SABC deliver on its mandate to the “millions of South Africans who rely on SABC radio and television services to be well informed on various societal matters”, the statement said.

– African News Agency (ANA)