The South African Revenue Service has, for the past few weeks, been involved in wage negotiations with the Public Servants Association (PSA), and National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union (NEHAWU).
The initial position of the unions was a 15% increase. The initial position of SARS was CPIX (6,4%) minus 1% which would be awarded to staff on the basis of performance.
The SARS position was changed to 6,4% plus R850 per individual. After further discussions SARS improved its offer to 7% plus the introduction of a performance management system. The union position was 9%.
Today, SARS made a final offer of 7,75% plus the following benefits:
Late this evening, the CCMA Commissioner has made a proposal which the unions and SARS were asked to consider. The SARS management will make its final decision on tomorrow morning.
SARS management will continue to make every effort to avert a strike. At the same time SARS offices, both Receivers of Revenue and Custom, will continue to operate even if there is a strike. SARS managers throughout the country have made adequate arrangements to ensure that the public is served.
ISSUED BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR THE SOUTH AFRICAN REVENUE SERVICE