Sassa strike to continue

2018-07-11 06:02
PHOTO: lethiwe makhanyaSassa employees during the march outside the provincial office.

PHOTO: lethiwe makhanyaSassa employees during the march outside the provincial office.

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SOUTH African Social Security Agency (Sassa) employees affiliated with Public Servants Association of South Africa (PSA) have vowed that they will continue with their strike until the Department of Social Development attends to their demands. These employees are demanding a salary increase of 15 %.

They marched to the Social Development provincial office in Pietermaritzburg on Monday where they submitted a memorandum.

The memorandum states a demand that Sassa tables its offer on salary increment.

This strike started on June 8. Perfect Zulu, who is the acting provincial manager at PSA, said the strike started after the PSA and Sassa could not reach an agreement on salary increase.

He said in February this year PSA demanded a salary increase of 15% but Sassa failed to place any offer.

“Since Sassa failed to address our demands we have no option but to file a dispute at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA).

“Conciliation failed and a certificate of non-resolution was issued on April 23. Following the balloting process the PSA was mandated by its members at Sassa to proceed with the strike action.

“We know that this strike is going to affect the most vulnerable members of society and hence opted to delay serving the strike notice to afford Sassa a further opportunity to table its offer.

“We also attempted on several occasions to have an audience meeting with the Minister of Social Development, Susan Shabangu, to address Sassa’s failure to conclude on wage negotiations.

“We have since come down to 12% but still Sassa is not putting any offer on the table,” he said.

Zulu said the strike will continue until their demands are met and added that they want the matter to be dealt with urgently.

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