South Africa : the Minister of Social Development referred to the Labor Court on the Sasa strike

Social Development Minister Susan Shabangu. © Photo: RR

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Casablanca, (ADV, with agencies) – An application for an interdict by Social Development Minister Susan Shabangu against striking members of the Public Servants Association at the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) was due to be heard at Johannesburg’s labour court on Tuesday.

Thousands of PSA members downed tools over wages at the agency on Monday, leading to a shutdown of social grant disbursements. They are also demanding concessions on housing, leave, danger allowance, performance management, and the insourcing of some services.

The union wants a 12 percent wage hike, despite a 7 percent wage increase agreement signed by other public sector unions last month. Salary matters at the agency are governed by the Sassa Act, and because of this, the union wants to be allowed to negotiate for its members directly with Shabangu.

Bur-csa – S.E – ADV, with agencies