Sassa employees to down tools over salaries

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South Africa Social Security Agency (Sassa) workers who are members of the Public Servants’ Association (PSA) are embarking on strike action on Monday.

Assistant general manager of collective bargaining of PSA, Leon Gilbert, says they are striking because the employer has not interacted with them since the 1st of February when they placed their salary demands on the table.

They are demanding from 15% salary increases to lower percentage increases depending on the level of the employee.

Gilbert says Sassa is an agency, and like SARS, doesn’t fall under the Public Service Coordinating Bargaining Council, which signed an agreement with government workers last week. Gilbert says the Sassa strike will start today at all Sassa offices nationwide.

“Unfortunately it will last as long as it take to get the employer to the negotiating table. The strike will start off as pickets, and go slows and will intensify as the time goes on.”