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SARSMail & Guardian reports that the SA Revenue Service (SARS) has yet to count the cost of the national wage strike that hit the tax agency the week before last.  

The Public Servants Association (PSA) and the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) downed tools on 28 March in a move that hit customs and excise at border posts and SARS offices across the country.  The strike came as SARS announced a shortfall in revenue collection for the fifth consecutive year.  The “no work, no pay” principle was applied to all workers who participated in the action, which affected 33 of SARS 53 branches.  The PSA was first out of the starting blocks in accepting the three-year wage deal, with an increase of 8% in the first year and the consumer price index plus 2% in the two consecutive years thereafter.  Nehawu, which had earlier denied allegations that elements within its ranks had used the strike to send a political statement, also reluctantly accepted the wage deal last week.  Apparently, union leadership had told full-time shop stewards that the 8% offer was “not a bad idea” even before the strike commenced, but the members insisted that there should be a strike.  After the strike, Nehawu said it was not happy with the multi-term agreement and would have preferred a single-term agreement in the current economic conditions.  SARS said its final offer to unions remained within the allocation from the national treasury.

  • Read the full original of Natasha Marrian’s report in the above regard at Mail & Guardian

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