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sassaThe Citizen reports that the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) announced on Monday its programme of action and details of its nationwide strike action at the SA Social Security Agency (Sassa).  

The union said the strike, which is set to commence on Wednesday, came as a result of the refusal by Sassa management to resolve challenges brought about by the migration of the social grant payment system from Cash Paymaster Services (CPS) to the SA Post Office (Sapo).  These challenges included the introduction of the biometric enrolment of beneficiaries and staff, the grant business process and alleged Socpen (social pensions) fraud.  The union is demanding the suspension of the biometric enrolment of beneficiaries, prioritisation of the consultation on the biometric enrolment of beneficiaries, jobs evaluation in grant administration, and the option of the inclusion of biometric enrolment of beneficiaries in the KPAs of specific employees to perform this function.  Nehawu’s general secretary Zola Saphetha said the reasons behind the strike included that they had been calling for security improvements in respect of the pensions system since 2014 as the system currently in use had a number of flaws, which put beneficiaries as well as workers at risk.  He claimed that because of the system’s errors, Sassa had resorted to forcing workers to bypass the system in violation of Socpen rules, which was also a violation of the terms of employment.  These challenges have frustrated workers and beneficiaries in particular who have mobilised themselves and held Sassa workers hostage in Maponya Mall, Soshanguve and Orange Farm offices, among others, said Saphetha

  • Read this report by Makhosandile Zulu in full at The Citizen
  • Read too, Nehawu announces national strike at Sassa offices, at EWN


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