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PSA to meet with social development minister over Sassa wage talks

PSA says its meeting with Shabangu will clarify that Sassa is independent of the PSCBC and requires its own wage increase negotiations for employees.

FILE: Social Development Minister Susan Shabangu. Picture: GCIS

JOHANNESBURG - The Public Servants Association (PSA) says it will be meeting with social development minister Susan Shabangu tomorrow to discuss the possibility of wage negotiations for South Africa Social Security Agency (Sassa) workers.

This follows the alleged refusal by Sassa to enter a negotiation process with the association on the basis that the agency says it falls under public service wages.

PSA says its meeting with Shabangu will clarify that Sassa is independent of the Public Service Co-ordinating Bargaining Council and requires its own wage increase negotiations for employees.

Cosatu-affiliated unions signed an agreement with the Council which will increase workers' salaries by between 6% and 7%.

“It’s only last week where the minister of social development requested an urgent meeting with PSA on Monday to try and get from us exactly what is the problem. So, we’ll see what the meeting brings on Monday,” says the PSA'S Tahir Maepa.