12 December 2023
The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) urges the Board and exorbitantly paid executive management of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) to engage with Organised Labour in good faith in the current wage negotiations for staff. It is beyond shocking that SABC’s employees have been systematically denied any increase to their meagre wages for more than three years! This is unacceptable when SABC employees like all other workers have seen their wages badly eroded by the rising costs of living, in particular electricity, fuel and repo rate hikes.
SABC’s Board and management need to genuinely engage with Organised Labour at SABC in engagements for a long overdue increase for the beleaguered SABC staff. COSATU supports the extremely reasonable demands of its militant affiliate, the Communications Workers’ Union (CWU) for an increase for SABC staff that protects their wages from inflationary erosion, begins to claw back its value that has been seriously eroded over three years and is backdates to the beginning of the current financial year.
It is alarming that it is reported that whilst engagements have been referred to the CCMA for mediation, SABC’s management is moving ahead to implement adjustments for themselves. This is galling and undermines collective bargaining and may collapse space for a reasonable compromise for a collective agreement to be reached with staff and unions.
The Board needs to come out of its cocoon and engage with Organised Labour as part of bringing stability to the once proud SABC and ensuring workers that their voice is heard and their legitimate frustrations will be addressed. SABC needs to be seen as an employer that values and respects its employees and not one that treats them as expendable slaves.
Workers are key to any workplace’s success. It is time that the stone hearted management of SABC grasped this simple concept.
Politicians who pass ever shrinking budgetary allocations for SABC, would do well to remember that they will soon be harassing the very same shattered SABC employees to cover their little rallies in a few weeks when they seek to be elected to Parliament and the Provincial Legislatures.
Issued by COSATU
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