Post Office workers should return to work immediately following the voluntary resignation of the company’s board, parliament’s portfolio committee on telecommunications and postal services said on Tuesday.
“The resignations came in the wake of the meeting between the committee, Post Office board members and executive management, as well as the minister of telecommunications and postal services Siyabonga Cwele, on 31 October 2014, to understand the current state of affairs at the entity,” the committee said in a statement.
“The committee reiterated in this meeting that labour unions must work with Post Office management to find a lasting solution and thereby encourage workers to return to work immediately.”
The call by the committee came as the strike by casual workers of the Post Office entered its fourth month.
Unions are demanding an 8% increase and the permanent employment of all casual workers.
The strike has worsened the financial situation at the Post Office, which faces a R400m shortfall as mail volumes continue to decline.
Earlier this month, MPs were told the cash-strapped, strike-hammered company was on the brink of collapse. — Sapa