THE SABC has two days to respond to an ultimatum delivered yesterday by
trade unions, failing which a strike by 70% of its workforce is likely
to follow, writes Jocelyn Newmarch in Business Day.
About 500 SABC chanting employees marched on the public broadcasterÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s head office at Auckland Park in Johannesburg yesterday and handed over a memorandum to acting group CEO Gab Mampone.
Union leaders said the strike would be on again if the SABC failed to respond to their membersÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢ demands.
Should the strike go ahead, there are fears that it would severely disrupt programming and result in a broadcasting blackout. The SABC says it has contingency plans to handle a strike, but has not released further details.
These plans are widely expected to involve freelance labour and independent production companies, a sector which has already suffered from the SABCÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s inability to pay its bills.
Workers are calling for a 12,2% salary increase across the board, as stipulated in an agreement signed last year, and an end to ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œcorrupt leadershipÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â.
The SABC has made a differentiated offer of up to 10,25%.
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