Thousands of SA Revenue Service (Sars) employees will go on an indefinite national strike on Thursday after wage negotiations between the tax agency and unions reached a deadlock. It is the first time in a decade that Sars employees will down tools and the strike action is expected to affect customs branches a day before the the 2018-2019 financial year deadline. It also takes place a day after the appointment of Edward Kieswetter as the new Sars commissioner. The post has been filled by Mark Kingon in an acting capacity since President Cyril Ramaphosa fired its former incumbent Tom Moyane. The Public Servants Association (PSA) and National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu), the two recognised unions at Sars, said they will go ahead with the strike after they rejected the tax agency’s final wage offer made on Tuesday evening. Both unions said the strike would be indefinite until Sars comes to the table with an improved wage offer they could take to their members. ...

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