Social development workers to join Nehawu strike (and Sassa may follow)

About 6000 Nehawu workers in the Department of Social Development are going on strike.

This is amidst the current debacle on whether Sassa will be able to pay social grants by 1 April.

Zola Saphetha, Nehawu deputy general secretary says the strike is only for employees in the department of social development and not Sassa as yet.

He says a memorandum was sent to the Minister of Social development on 10 February and a response was only received on 10 March. He says this was unsatisfactory, hence the strike.

Their demands include revised salaries for support staff, uniforms for cleaners and security officers, the introduction of a rural allowance, the provision of tools of trade and absorption of unemployed social workers on a permanent basis.

According to Saphetha, if they don't get a positive response regarding outsourcing and conditions of the Sassa contract with CPS, they will agree to Sassa employees joining the strike.

We have not yet taken a decision to go on a strike at Sassa, from where the 17 million grant recipients are benefiting.

Zola Saphetha, Nehawu deputy general secretary

Listen to the full conversation below:


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