COSATU spokesperson Sizwe Phamla said the strike goes beyond matters in the workplace.
The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) has thrown its weight behind the shutdown at the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA).
The National Health and Allied Workers Union (NEHAWU) has implemented a shutdown of all SASSA offices. This was due to, among other things, problems from the biometric enrolment of beneficiaries.
“The federation will implement the decision of the CEC that the SASSA strike needs to be actively supported by the federation because the matters being raised by NEHAWU are too important and they more beyond workplace difficulties”, the federation’s National Spokesperson Sizwe Pamla said.
“This strike is not just about workplace matters alone but it is also about the livelihoods of the 17 million social grants beneficiaries”
A new biometric payment system was launched by The Department of Social Development in May 2018, in a bid to improve the social grants system.
While the shutdown will go ahead as planned, the union will be meeting with Social Development Minister Susan Shabangu.
“The migration of the Social Grant Payment System from Cash Paymaster Services (CPS) to the South African Post Office (SAPO) has been badly mismanaged because many of the people involved in the process did not want this migration to take place and succeed”, Pamla said.
The federation has further called on Shabangu to give in to NEHAWU’s demands.
“This strike at SASSA is one such area where we will ensure that workplace and socio-economic problems are not separated but are fought concurrently.”
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