Nehawu set to meet Shabangu over grievances
THE National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) said it would press on with a national strike at South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) offices across the country, even as its officials were set to meet Social Development Minister Susan Shabangu over its grievances.
The union is protesting the overall processing of social grants disbursements, arguing that the migration of the payment system from Cash Paymaster Services to the South African Post Office was done unilaterally by the department.
It says the new system has introduced a raft of challenges, which do not form part of the job description for adminstrative workers and for which they were neither trained nor compensated. The union says this migration has also opened the system up to easy manipulation, fraud and corruption.
Nehawu general secretary, Zola Saphetha, said the strike would run indefinitely until Sassa management met demands. He said Shabangu had requested an urgent meeting with Nehawu to try and resolve the impasse.
“We will give the minister audience and hope that this impending engagement will unearth a suitable solution,” said Saphetha.