'Sassa employees well within their rights to demand separate wage negotiations'

Labour analyst and columnist at Fin24 and City Press, Terry Bell says the Public Servants Association (PSA) is well within its rights to demand separate wage negotiations to those of the unions representing public servants.

The PSA has stood its ground, saying that Sassa employees are not public servants therefore should be treated differently.

Social Development Minister Susan Shabangu approached the Labour Court in order to get an urgent interdict to stop Sassa employees from striking.

The court on Wednesday ordered that both Social Development and PSA return to the negotiating table within a week and that employees return to work immediately.

Read: Sassa, PSA battle it out in court but thousands of beneficiaries wait for grants

They were not going to disrupt any service whatsoever. These are the backroom people and it takes a month for them to get things in line. They actually have a right to have legitimate negotiations.

Terry Bell, labour analyst and columnist at Fin24 and City Press

All they are saying is that the Minister should come to the negotiating table in which government will put its deal and PSA put their demands and they start negotiating.

Terry Bell, labour analyst and columnist at Fin24 and City Press

PSA is demanding a salary hike of between 13% and 15% for its workers and Bell is speculating that they might get a 10% to 1 year deal.

According to Bell, if the minister goes back to the negotiating table with PSA and grants them a better deal that could cause problems with other unions who have already signed the 7% wage increment deal.

To hear the rest of the interview with labour analyst, Terry Bell, listen below:


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