SARS wage strike over

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) centres will this morning return to full operation following an end to the strike over salaries.

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.

“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.

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

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.

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.

SARS said it appreciates 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. –