Thu. Jun 20th, 2019

Sars strike ends as unions agree on multi-term wage deal

sars strikeWorkers have returned to their posts and all is well again, for now.

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The South African Revenue Service (SARS) has, on Wednesday, returned to full operation following an end to the strike over salaries.

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The wage deal that ended the Sars strike

The National Education Health and Allied Workers Union (NEHAWU) and the Public Servants Association of South Africa (PSA) have agreed on a three-year multi-term agreement with an 8% increase on the guaranteed total packages of employees in the bargaining unit for this year, effective 1 April 2019.

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“For the two subsequent years of the agreement, the percentage salary increase will be determined on the projected CPI plus 2%,” SARS said in a statement.

What else will this multi-term deal include?

The agreement brings an end to the industrial action that took place over two days last week.

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The agreement also involves an increase in the Long Service Awards; hourly shift allowance rate, the introduction of a new leave type of prenatal and vaccination leave and the introduction of a two-year leave cycle for family responsibility leave.

Back to work for union members

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SARS, NEHAWU and PSA also agreed to have various other items deferred to be resolved under the auspices of the National Bargaining Forum.

“The parties have committed to work together to enhance productivity, improve revenue flow and increase compliance levels,” said the revenue collector.

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SARS said it appreciates the commitment that parties have exerted to this process, as well as the constructive manner in which the wage negotiation dispute was ultimately settled to bring back stability in the organisation.

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