SABC slapped with ultimatum

SABC staff members have threatened to embark on a strike if management does not accede to their 12,2percent increase demand by Friday.

SABC staff members have threatened to embark on a strike if management does not accede to their 12,2percent increase demand by Friday.

About 500 workers marched to the public broadcaster in Auckland Park yesterday to hand over a memorandum of demands that should be met within two days.

They demanded that the 12,2percent increase be backdated to April 1, the sanctioning and implementation of internal audit reports, and that corrupt and wasteful managers be disciplined.

Media Workers Association of South Africa spokesperson Ernest Dlamini said: "We will engage in a protracted industrial action until all our demands are met.

"We implore management to respond affirmatively within two days, failing which we will serve the management with a revised programme of action aimed at taking this fight to new heights."

Dlamini, who also spoke on behalf of members of the Communication Workers' Union, Broadcast, Electronic, Media and Allied Workers Union, said management was lying about a lack of funds.

"Our demands organically derive from a multi-term agreement signed by the parties, which included organised labour and SABC management, in 2008."

Dlamini said since the talks started, management had displayed arrogance and intransigence by being unwilling to engage in good faith.

Acting chief executive officer Gab Mampone promised that the SABC would discuss their demands. "We take your memorandum seriously and we will respond. We are meeting with the interim board and your unions will be present at that meeting."

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