SARS dispatches team to Beitbridge

Friday, September 11, 2009
By: 
Nthambeleni Gabara

Pretoria - In an effort to minimise the impact of the current industrial action by South African Revenue Service employees, SARS has dispatched a team to its customs office at Beit Bridge border post in Limpopo.

Striking SARS employees are expected to stage a march at the border today demanding a 13 percent hike. They are expected to hand over a memorandum containing their demands for better pay to the branch office's management.

SARS communications officer, Sibabalwenathi Mfabe, said the task team would ensure that operations at the customs office are not disrupted.

The team comprises staff members from the SARS head office, Durban, Cape Town, Free State offices as well as those who have worked at the regions customs office.

Both the National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union and the Public Servants Association have rejected the revenue service's latest pay offer of between nine and 11 percent.

SARS has said it stands by its decision that no further concessions will be made to the current proposal and will continue to apply the no-work-no-pay-rule to striking staff.

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