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sassaBusinessLive reports that the strike by workers at the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) has been called off, averting yet another disruption at the crisis-ridden agency.  

The Labour Court in Johannesburg on Wednesday issued an order compelling Sassa and the Public Servants Association (PSA), the majority trade union at Sassa, to begin wage talks.  Social Development Minister Susan Shabangu had applied for an urgent court interdict in a bid to stop workers from continuing with the strike.  The judge ordered the parties to start negotiations within seven days in terms of the provisions contained in the Labour Relations Act and the Sassa Act and for the workers to return to work on Thursday.  The PSA had embarked on the action following the agency’s "refusal" to recognise collective bargaining structures and processes, making it impossible for the union to negotiate wages on behalf of its members.  A Sassa spokesman said that the agency would abide by the court decision.  The PSA’s Ivan Fredericks said that although the court ruling vindicated the union, the strike action and the court proceedings could have been averted if Sassa had followed procedure and agreed to negotiate in the Sassa National Bargaining Forum.

  • Read this report by Theto Mahlakoana in full at BusinessLive

Read too, Sassa’s troubles go from bad to worse this week, at The Citizen

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