Ne­hawu set to meet Sha­bangu over griev­ances

Cape Argus - - METRO -

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. |

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