PSA: Give us an opportunity to negotiate our own salary increase

Members of the Public Services Association at Sassa picketed outside the agency's headquarters in Pretoria on Monday demanding better wages.

Some beneficiaries are yet to be paid their grants for the month of July. It is suspected that the strike is causing payment delays.

The social security agency is in the Labour Court where they have applied for a court interdict to stop the strike.

PSA Assistant General Manager, Leon Gilbert says they demand a 12% wage increase while other unions signed a 7% wage increase for public servants.

Read: Sassa vows that wage negotiations will not affect social grant payments

We are not public servants. For example, you can't pay Checkers workers a salary that's negotiated by Pick n Pay employees, its just impossible.

Leon Gilbert, PSA Assistant General Manager

Its a basic right that all of us have in terms of the Constitution to negotiate our own salary agreement and not be reliant on somebody's salary as if you were party to that.

Leon Gilbert, PSA Assistant General Manager

Gilbert says PSA wants to be given an opportunity to negotiate their own salary increase, and not what other unions have agreed on.

What we are asking for is that Sassa must come to the table, explain your difficulties too us and we will explain our position to you and let us get to an amicable agreement.

Leon Gilbert, PSA Assistant General Manager

Sassa is denying us that opportunity therefore members have no option but to strike.

Leon Gilbert, PSA Assistant General Manager

If Sassa is granted an interdict to stop the strike, Gilbert says they will abide with the courts and also seek other options available to them according to law.

To hear the rest of the interview on Sassa strike, listen below:


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