NEHAWU update on the SASSA strike and meeting with Minister of Social Development

The National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union [NEHAWU] will commence with its planned national strike at all the workplaces of the South African Social Security Agency [SASSA] across the country this morning.

The national strike will run indefinitely up until all our demands are met by the SASSA management. The national union notes with disgust the attempt by the management to intimidate our members and workers from exercising their constitutional right to go on a strike action. However, we are not deterred by silly threats because we hold a strong view that our demands are both genuine and reasonable.

The Minister of Social Development, Honourable Susan Shabangu, has requested an urgent meeting with NEHAWU to try and resolve the impasse. As NEHAWU, we will give the Minister audience and hope that this impending engagement will unearth a suitable solution to the crises facing beneficiaries and our members.

The national strike will be halted if the following is agreed upon:

  • Biometric Enrolment of beneficiaries to be suspended
  • Consultation on Biometric Enrolment of Beneficiaries to be prioritized
  • Job evaluation in the grants administration to be undertaken
  • The option of inclusion of the biometric enrolment in the KPA’s of the specific employees to perform this function, subject to the Job Evaluation results.

The meeting with the Minister will be held as follows:

Date: Wednesday October 10, 2018

Time: 14h00
Venue: Mapungubwe Hotel, 54 Marshall Street & Ferreira Street, Marshalltown, Johannesburg

Issued by NEHAWU Secretariat

Zola Saphetha (General Secretary) at 082 558 5968; December Mavuso (Deputy General Secretary) at 082 558 5969; Khaya Xaba (NEHAWU Media Liaison Officer) at 082 455 2500 or email: