The Public Service Association (PSA) has given the social development minister seven days to respond to its demands. On Thursday‚ South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) staff members affiliated to the PSA delivered a memorandum of grievances to the agency’s CEO. The PSA said the memorandum came after Sassa refused for months to engage with union representatives on wage negotiations for employees, then only offered to comply with the agreement signed at the bargaining council for public servants. Among the list of their demands‚ the employees want a 15% salary increase‚ the current housing allowance to be increased to R2‚500, and payment of the housing allowance to both spouses who are employees of Sassa. The workers also demand that Sassa offices be closed for the period between Christmas and New Year and that a minimum of three days special leave be granted for religious activities other than Christian ones. Said the association’s GM Ivan Fredericks, "The PSA expects that the...

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