SARS tables revised wage offer

Monday, September 7, 2009

Pretoria - The South African Revenue Services (SARS) tabled a revised wage offer after talks with unions at the weekend.

"The new, revised offer proposes salary increases on a sliding scale of between 9 percent and 11 percent for the respective grades in SARS. SARS believes the revised offer is in line with developments in the broader public sector wage negotiations," said the revenue services in a statement.

SARS and the negotiating teams from the National Health and Allied Workers Union (Nehawu) and the Public Service Association (PSA) met at the National Bargaining Forum on Saturday and Sunday.

Contingency plans have been put in place in case any officials do not pitch up for work.

"SARS management has met to co-ordinate the implementation of contingency plans at branch offices and at the biggest border posts in the event that the some SARS officials will stay away from the workplace," said SARS.

The no-work-no-pay rule would apply, it added.

The unions are expected to consult their members on the new wage offer and will revert back to SARS on Tuesday.

On Friday SARS received confirmation from Nehawu that they had suspended their intention to strike, however, the union reinstated their notice to embark on strike action on Sunday.

SARS had on Friday made an application to the Labour Court to obtain an urgent interdict to set aside the strike, but had not included Nehawu as they had withdrawn their intention to strike. SARS and the PSA are awaiting judgment from the Court on Monday