Ongoing strike action means Marburg SASSA office is still closed

Social Development workers belonging to Nehawu demonstrate during strike action on Wednesday.

OVER the past five weeks, Department of Social Development workers belonging to the National Education, Health and Allied Workers Union (Nehawu) have been on strike demanding better salaries.

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In Marburg, the strike has forced SASSA offices to close shop as they share office space with these workers, another problem the department is yet to address.

Meanwhile, those who need to make use of these offices are advised to make their way to the Gamalakhe or Turton offices instead.

Nehawu workers barricade the Main Harding road during strike action yesterday (Wednesday).

According to Nehawu leaders, negotiations held between Nehawu and the department had not yielded any results, therefore workers were going to strike until their demands were met.

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The demands include the entry level salary for support staff  increasing from salary level 5 to level 6, the abolishion of salary levels 2 and 3 for support staff, the immediate rollout of uniforms for cleaners and security officers, the review of Occupation Specific Dispensation (OSD) for social service professionals and occupations, as well as the introduction of a rural allowance.

Cosatu and SACP have also joined the march in solidarity with Nehawu workers and the strike will go on until an agreement is reached.

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