Generations stars set to strike AGAIN
Actors want salary increase
GENERATIONS cast members have apparently given their bosses an ultimatum to increase their salaries by the end of the month or face the music.
Some cast members also complained that they were threatened with being victimised if they attempted to strike.
Two independent sources confirm that lawyers representing cast members, Morula Pictures and the SABC are engaged in discussions over the matter in a desperate bid to avert the looming strike.
A production official, speaking to Sunday World on condition of anonymity, says actors met on Monday at the SABC headquarters in Auckland Park, where they agreed on their next steps.
They apparently wrote a letter to Mfundi Vundla, head of Morula Pictures and the soapie’s creator, and SABC bosses, stating that they would down tools if their salaries were not hiked by March 28.
This comes after Morula Pictures apparently failed to comply with some of their demands made last year. One of the conditions during last year’s industrial action, in which shooting for Generations stopped for more than a month from October, was that actors wanted three-year contracts.
Actors who were at the forefront of last year’s strike included Menzi Ngubane, Sophie Ndaba, Winnie Modise, Katlego Danke and Zolisa Xaluva.
Vundla succumbed to cast members’ pressure to give them three-year contracts. This virtually strips him of the power to fire underperforming actors.
But this time Vundla seems to be unwilling to toe the line and increase their salaries.
Vundla declined an offer to comment.
The SABC says it is not aware of the threats to strike.
The actors claim that Zenande Mfenyana, who plays Noluntu, was singled out as part of the alleged victimisation.
One source says: “Zenande broke down and cried in one of the meetings. She says some producers phoned her parents saying they should tell her to ‘ stay out of trouble’. If this is not victimisation, then it is divide and rule because they are trying to make sure that she alienates us.”
Mfenyana feigned surprise when pressed for comment: “I don’t know what you’re talking about.”
FOREFRONT: Katlego Danke