strike thumb medium85 85TimesLive reports that Ukhozi FM‚ one of SA’s biggest radio stations‚ has since Thursday morning not been broadcasting any news bulletins due to a strike at the SA broadcasting Corporation (SABC).  

An SABC spokesperson denied that there were any disruptions at the station‚ but an (unnamed) employee confirmed there had not been any news bulletins on Thursday.  “The only people who are here at work are security guards.  Everyone else is outside.  I saw one person in the studio‚ who came in early this morning‚” she claimed.  Hannes du Buisson of the Broadcasting‚ Electronic‚ Media and Allied Workers’ Union (Bemawu) asserted that everyone involved in compiling the news at the station was on strike.  But an SABC spokesperson said all the broadcaster’s 19 stations were operational.  SABC employees are demanding a 10% salary increase.  Du Buisson commented:  “When we were about to file a notice to embark on a strike‚ the SABC offered a 4.5% salary increase‚ which was rejected by our members because the increase is only backdated for six months.”

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