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Sars says a settlement agreement between the tax agency and its two recognised unions is imminent as the strike enters its third day. This followed a weekend of negotiations between the unions and Sars that included meetings on Friday evening and Sunday afternoon in a bid to resolve the impasse. Sars said on Sunday evening that “the parties have made substantial progress in narrowing their areas of dispute and there is a possibility of reaching an agreement and settling the dispute”. Sars employees, represented by the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) and the Public Servants Association (PSA) downed tools for the first time in a decade after wage and benefit negotiations deadlocked. Nehawu said on Sunday it will continue striking on Monday, while it was not clear whether the PSA will continue with strike action. The unions collectively represent almost 10,000 workers at the Sars bargaining council.

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