Striking Sassa Workers to Meet with Social Development Minister

The South African Social Security Agency in Pretoria, where its workers downed tools. Credit: EWN.


JOHANNESBURG: The union representing workers from the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) says it will meet with Social Development Minister Susan Shabangu at noon today for talks to resolve the strike.

The National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) says workers have gone on a  nationwide strike.

They are unhappy  about the roll-out of a biometric system for beneficiaries.

The agency provides social grants to about  17 million people.

Nehawu says the system has not been linked to new performance targets for its over 8,000 members at the agency.

“It has been our understanding that the strike remains a last resort after exhausting all available avenues including seeking an intervention from the Minister of Social Development, Honourable Susan Shabangu,” Nehawu general-secretary Zola Saphetha had previously said.