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Post Office moves to avert fresh strike

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The South African Post Office said it is hoping to prevent a “planned strike” in Johannesburg on Thursday.

Approximately a thousand Post Office workers, who are members of the Communication Workers Union (CWU), are expected to march to offices of the Post Office on 29 October, the public protector and government legislature in Johannesburg.

The CWU said it will march against problems at the Post Office, which include late salary payments and alleged mismanagement. Meanwhile, the union also wants the public protector to release a report on ghost workers and corruption at the company.

Last month, the union also said it wanted government to bail out the Post Office.

“While we confirm that we have received notice for a march on 29 October, the Post Office remains optimistic that our continuous engagements with our labour partners will yield an amicable solution, resulting in the prevention of the planned strike,” the company said.

“Any operational instability would be too costly, particularly during this period when we are at the start of the bulk mailing by retail and other customers,” the Post Office said.

The Post Office added that there are “various efforts aimed at affecting the current situation” which include the appointment of a “full-strength board”.

Meanwhile, the CWU’s president, Clyde Mervin, said a planned march will still go ahead in Johannesburg. “The march is going ahead,” Mervin said.

Mervin said further that that march is planned only for Johannesburg at this stage but that marches are being planned for other provinces at a later date.

The Post Office is under particular pressure as it was put under administration last year amid a poor financial performance. Its board also resigned in November last year following a crippling months-long strike.

On Monday, the Post Office explained that it has only paid its staff 70% of their salaries on 25 October while it plans to pay the balance on the last day of the month.

This situation changed from last week when the Post Office at first said that it could only pay 50% of staff salaries owing to financial challenges.  — Fin24

12 Comments

  1. “We’re not going to pay you what we should, but you must continue working like you should”

  2. Not sure whether a strike would really be noticeable- just received a letter today (October 26) posted locally, date stamped 22 September. Distance travelled about 10km.

  3. Soft Anarchist on

    When will these idiots learn that there are no more money.
    Electronic services and private couriers crippled the under performing Post Office.
    The way more productive Private sector saw the gap and took it.
    Please close down this useless SOE that continuously have to be rescued!

  4. Its fine saying there’s no money. But have you looked at the SAPO executive salaries? You can’t say there is no money when the get paid that much. Perhaps they should take a decrease in pay?

  5. Go and march! I for one has stopped my usage of the PO. So carry on with your shit and you will see, more and more people will do the same. The only thing I still get via post is car licence and e-tolls!

  6. Even if the CEO gets 10 million, that 10 million split into 10 000 workers are not going to mean much, basically R83 extra per month.

  7. Fair enough, but you could also argue that each worker can get paid R83 more of their owed 70% pay, if management forego their salaries, or at least a portion of it as a penalty for their ineffectiveness. Sentiment goes a long way, and would probably make a strike less likely. This isn’t unique to South Africa, the U.S. Postal Service, Royal Mail and bunch of others have gone through this. They need to adapt, change their business strategy, or fail.

    Some ideas:

    1. Use Postnet branches, close some of their own, or open counters inside each Postnet. You can already send Post Office packages from Postnet.

    2. Employ a contractor in mail centres that could be held liable for performance, instead of internal staff. Allow other couriers to use your mail centres.

    3. Diversify their service offering into selling more products that are in demand : Make a deal with cellular companies, sell mobile phones, tablets and devices in store, Become an ISP. Start a service where they allow you to buy products in other countries to an address there, and they ship it directly to your home. Start a competitive courier service to compete with others in local market. Start selling computicket and ticketweb.

    4. Develop more of their services to be self help and entirely online and paperless. (Car licenses, sending and collection of packages, etc.)

  8. Greg Mahlknecht on

    Free shipping from China – great for eBay purchases. Even when you factor in the month-long transit times, it’s a good deal.

  9. Telkom sucks, you have some good ideas, BUT when ever have you seen any company bosses in SA not take a salary? They are on the gravy train and will never for go their Johnny Walker for the month.
    I agree that this will show the workers that they are serious and want to make it work, but if you CEO, CFO, COO or what eve other abbreviation, you might for go your salary but then Zommer replaces you next month, and you out of pocket.
    No, the culture is take, take, take.

  10. Soft Anarchist on

    Your last strike basically killed all hope of rescuing the SAPO.
    Please carry on with this planed strike so that you can put the final nail in the coffin, and we don’t have to have this conversation again.

  11. So true. Agree completely. The SA Post Office is failing as a result of preventable bad decisions and no matter how much we talk about it, nothing can save a company or even country from greed.