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NEHAWU Position On The Current SARS Strike Action

Saturday March 30, 2019

The National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union [NEHAWU] on the 30th March 2019 convened its South African Revenue Service [SARS] national bargaining forum to assess the impact of the strike and to receive a briefing on the current state of the negotiations with the employer. The bargaining forum was attended by Full Time Shop Stewards, Provincial Coordinators, Provincial Organisers and Provincial Secretaries of NEHAWU.

The meeting received reports from provinces on the strike action and update on the dispute itself. After deliberations and robust discussions the meeting resolved that the national union is continuing with the strike action and that on Monday 01st April 2019 we will report to our members the outcomes of the meeting at the picket lines and receive a mandate from our members in relation to the ongoing negotiations. The union will from here on intensify the strike to ensure our members and workers’ demands are met by the employer.

Our open door policy still stands and we are calling on the employer to revert back to the negotiating table as a matter of urgency and respond positively to our demands. It is in the best interest of the employer to ensure the speedily resolution of the current impasse. Workers have been patient for far too long and the patience has ran thin. SARS has a constitutional obligation to respect the rights of workers that are enshrined in the Labour Relations Act, and all other related pieces of legislation. In this regard, we call on the employer to move with speed in tabling an improved offer so that everything can return to normality.

Issued by NEHAWU Secretariat

Zola Saphetha (General Secretary) at 082 558 5968;
December Mavuso (Deputy General Secretary) at 082 558 5969;
Khaya Xaba (NEHAWU Media Liaison Officer) at 082 455 2500 or
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