Sassa employees down tools amidst wage negotiations

2018-06-20 06:01
Striking Sassa employees outside their offices.PHOTO: supplied

Striking Sassa employees outside their offices.PHOTO: supplied

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SOUTH African Social Security Agency (Sassa) employees at the KwaDukuza office joined thousands of workers around the country in downing tools on Monday, June 11, demanding that the employer meet their wage demands.

SASSA, which is represented by the Public Servants Association (PSA), handed a memorandum to the minister of public administration. The memorandum outlined a demand that the term of the agreement should be single-term, and a demand for the general salary increase of 15% be based on a sliding scale where levels five to eight receive a 15% increase, and levels nine to 12 receive a 13% increase.

An employee from the Stanger office, who did not want to be named, said there are a number of issues that Sassa needs to address.

“Our demands, as Sassa employees, are unique to other public service departments. We want fair treatment and we want an end to employees being exploited,” he said. The PSA has indicated that they expect these demands will be favourably considered by the minister, and that they expect to receive a prompt response to the demands within seven days of receipt of their memorandum in order to avoid any further mass action. The workers have since gone on a go-slow, affecting services in some of the Sassa offices including KwaDukuza.

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