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newsThe Star reports that the Public Servants Association (PSA) and several Cosatu and Saftu unions have been fingered for allegedly misrepresenting their membership in the Public Health and Social Development Sectoral Bargaining Council.  

This has allegedly allowed them to receive more money from the council than they were entitled to.  This was revealed by an independent audit report released earlier this month.  Unions are required to submit their audited membership at the end of every financial year to the bargaining council, which it must further audit.  In terms of discrepancies between members submitted by unions and membership verified through the National Treasury, the PSA recorded the most unaccounted membership figures among the 10 affected unions, at 9,279.  But, according to the report, the unions denied inflating membership.  They indicated as some of the reasons they could not account for their stated membership that deductions from their members were being cancelled where no cancellation letter had been received by the unions, and that some members took leave without pay.  PSA deputy general manager Tahir Maepa alleged that there was a conspiracy within the public service where public servants working with the accounting system Persal cancelled subscriptions for the PSA.  The report could see all Saftu unions – including its biggest affiliate in the council, Nupsaw – removed from the council as their real combined membership has been exposed as not meeting the 30,000 minimum threshold for participating in the council.  Nupsaw’s general secretary, Success Mataitsane, said the report was biased and aimed at removing Saftu unions from the council.

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