Pink panties demand rural allowances as Cosatu joins Nehawu in Sassa strike

These are the panties which greeted visitors to the Sassa offices in Marburg recently.

THE strike by Nehawu members at the Sassa offices in Marburg gathered momentum recently when Cosatu members weighed in.

It been a month since National Education, Health and Allied Workers Union (Nehawu) members downed tools and demanded better working conditions.

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Last Wednesday  Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) and Young Communist League (YCL) members joined the strike.

Gates were closed as there was a complete work shutdown. The only thing greeted those who needed help were  the big panties festooning the front fence and gate. The message  on the panties was clear –  rural allowances.

Addressing strikers, Cosatu Secretary General Mdu Danca encouraged them to continue with their strike until their demands are met.

“Bathabile (Dlamini) does not want to raise our salaries. As she is failing to attend to grannies’ needs, she will have to deal with ours,” said Mr Danca.

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A shop steward who opted to remain anonymous due to fear of victimisation said they are forced to share desks as there is not enough furniture for everybody.

She added that workers also wanted their salaries to be increased, and made it very clear that those who are on strike are employees of Social Development and not Sassa.

“Where we work it is first come, first served when it comes to the desks. If you have a desk and go to the toilet, when you return you will find someone else sitting in your place and you will have no desk to work on,” she said.

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