The South African Post Office said its Gauteng outlets remain open on Thursday morning despite a planned strike.
Up to 4 000 workers are set to march in Johannesburg’s city centre on Thursday to protest against alleged maladministration and salary payment problems at the company, said Communication Workers Union (CWU) provincial secretary Jabulani Mncube.
On Wednesday, the Johannesburg labour court granted the Post Office an urgent interdict to restrain the CWU from striking, marching or picketing at the company’s work premises.
Despite the court ruling, Mncube said on Thursday morning that the union’s planned march is going ahead and will instead pass by Post Office buildings as workers head to the public protector’s offices and Gauteng legislature buildings to hand over a memorandum.
Post Office spokesman Khulani Qoma said that regardless of the CWU’s planned action on Thursday, post offices across Gauteng remain open.
“We actually haven’t seen an impact,” Qoma said on Thursday morning. “They are all open and it appears that operations are as normal as they were yesterday.”
Qoma added that striking workers could face disciplinary action or find themselves in contempt of court.
Mncube said “workers are on their way to the march”, which kicks off in Johannesburg’s central business district. “We are expecting a huge turnout. We are not going to the Post Offices; we’re going to go past them.” — Fin24