SABC workers want more lunch money

2013-08-08 11:49
Cape Town – SABC workers are demanding more lunch money – two SABC unions, Bemawu and CWU have filed a dispute with the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) after the SABC rejected their pay demands for a 10% salary increase.

SABC workers want R55 for meals – part of a demand for a 10% rise across the board which include a R1 500 allowance for housing and R300 for subsistence and travelling.

The Broadcasting, Electronic, Media and Allied Workers Union and the Communication Workers Union say their members have mandated them to "push their demands through, which is unprecedented in the history of the SABC".

The SABC is offering a 7.4% salary increase and the two unions claim the South African public broadcaster's executive managers and management had paid themselves "lucrative bonuses", saying "increases of over 40% to some executives were effected last financial year when the company was bleeding financially".

R10m in legal costs

The SABC just launched its new 24-hour TV news channel, SABC News on MultiChoice's DStv platform for which the satellite pay-TV platform is giving the SABC more than half a billion rand over the next few years.

Meanwhile it was revealed in parliament that the SABC has coughed up more than R10m since January 2009 in legal costs in the public broadcaster’s various messy and protracted fights with several senior executives who've left the SABC.

Another R19.5m has been spent on investigating a litany of corruption charges at the broadcaster.

Disciplinary action has been taken against 300 SABC employees and 14 cases have been referred to the police.

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