The Federation of Unions of South Africa (FEDUSA) fully supports the right of SASSA (South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) workers within the Public Servants Association (PSA)
– an affiliate of the union federation that represents the majority of SASSA employees – to embark on an indefinite industrial action as from today to demand decent wages and better working conditions
SASSA workers decided to go on strike after wage talks with agency reached a deadlock. In February 2018 the PSA tabled a wage increase demand on behalf of SASSA workers but SASSA failed to table any offer in response. In terms of the Constitution of the SASSA National Bargaining Forum (SNBF), if parties do not conclude a collective agreement within 30 days of the matter being tabled, any party may declare a dispute.
FEDUSA welcomes the meeting with Social Development Minister Susan Shabangu today to discuss the possible solution to the dispute.
SASSA’s failure to respond to workers demand left the PSA with no option but to approach the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration. Conciliation for a certificate of non-resolution which was duly issued on 23 April 2018. An extensive balloting by the PSA resulted mandated its members to continue with the industrial action.
FEDUSA is aware that the strike will affect the most vulnerable members of society and on many occasions actually delay serving the strike notice to afford SASSA a further opportunity to table its offer to no avail.
The FEDUSA hopes common sense will prevail and the parties can return to the negotiating table as soon as possible.
FEDUSA General Secretary
084 805 1529
PSA Assistant General Manager
082 903 6808
FEDUSA Media Officer
072 637 8096