We are prepared to go back to work. Negotiations are still underway,” actor Patrick Shai told reporters in Braamfontein, Johannesburg.
The actors were fired on August 18 for going on strike in a wage dispute.
On Monday, Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) and the Creative Workers’ Union of SA (CWUSA) called on South African viewers not to watch the show, which is broadcast at 8pm, for the entire week in support of the actors’ demands.
These include a reduction to 10 working hours a day, the provision of social benefits, an end to inconsistencies in remuneration, payment of royalties, and better working conditions.
City Press online reported that in a letter drafted by the Generations Actors’ Guild, the actors had agreed to return to work.
According to City Press, the letter was sent by Bulelani Mzamo, who represents the actors, and details an agreement by them to return to work based on the acceptance of pay increases set in November 2013 and the issuing of three-year contracts.
This was after a meeting facilitated by SABC chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng and the actors, City Press reported.
The letter reportedly reads: “Our clients are grateful that you agree to pay the rates agreed to in November 2013. They are also grateful that you agree to three-year contracts.
“In light of these developments, our clients immediately tender their services without any conditions.
“Should you agree to their unconditional tender of their services, you can directly contact them as to when they can resume work.”
On Monday, Patrick Shai, one of the 16, said the strike was not only about wage disputes with Generations, but about working conditions in the industry.
“This fight is for the benefit of every creative worker in this industry.
“It is to make sure each and every actor in this country… has contracts that offer you a sustainable life.
He urged other actors to join the strike.
“It is about time we unite as a sector. This is an industry issue.”
He said the steps the group of actors had taken were necessary and would benefit the industry.