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SARSFin24 reports that as a nationwide strike continues, the SA Revenue Service (SARS) announced on Tuesday that it had been able to open all 23 of its customs offices and reduce the number of closed SARS branches to 17.

By the end of last week, 21 of its branches had been closed due to the strike. This as the Public Servants Association (PSA) and the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) said that they were starting to warm up to the idea of returning to wage negotiations. Their members started to strike in May as part of wage negotiations. The strike was suspended in June, but they resumed the strike mid-July. SARS has since raised its offer from 1.3% to 1.5%, but the unions have shown no sign of budging from their demands. Nehawu wants a hike of 12%. The PSA’s Reuben Maleka indicated that the union expected to meet with SARS at a bargaining forum meeting on Wednesday. On Friday, there will be a meeting at the CCMA to finalise picketing rules. Maleka said while the union was ready to continue the strike, it was open to talks if SARS approached it with "a better offer". Nehawu spokesperson Lwazi Nkolisi said the union would continue to consult with members.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Khulekani Magubane at Fin24
  • Read too, Slight increase in wage offer to SARS employees, at Moneyweb

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