sassaTimeslive reports that Public Service Association (PSA) has given the social development minister seven days to respond to its demands.  

On Thursday‚ SA Social Security Agency (Sassa) staff members affiliated to the PSA delivered a memorandum of grievances to the agency’s CEO.  The PSA said the memorandum came after Sassa refused for months to engage with union representatives on wages and conditions for its employees and then only offered to comply with the agreement signed at the bargaining council for public servants.  Among the list of their demands‚ the employees want a 15% salary increase‚ the current housing allowance to be increased to R2‚500, and payment of the housing allowance to both spouses who are Sassa employees.  They also want Sassa offices to be closed for the period between Christmas and New Year and for a minimum of three days of special leave to be granted for religious activities other than Christian ones.

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