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postoffice thumb100 Fin24 reports that business rescue practitioners (BRPs) for the SA Post Office (SAPO) say their application for funding from the Temporary Employment Relief Scheme (TERS) has been rejected. This means retrenchments – which the application had hoped to limit – will have to be implemented as planned.

Nearly 5,000 staff will be affected. In a statement on Tuesday, the BRPs said the ruling had been issued by a CCMA after the Single Adjudication Committee had not recommended the application. The Unemployment Insurance Fund’s TERS scheme continued after the Covid-19 pandemic to help employers in financial or operational distress, and the Post Office's BRPs hoped that securing funding would ward off some job cuts. The BRPs and labour unions at SAPO applied for funding for the bargaining unit staff. But in a bruising ruling, Commissioner Willie Hlophe said while the application clearly affected a large number of employees and was in the public interest, "the business case was unpersuasive" that the Post Office would be able to honour its contractual, statutory and employment obligations going forward. "Should TERS be successful, it would only delay and not prevent the retrenchments, which is against the primary purpose of the scheme," Hlope indicated. He also noted that due to financial challenges at SAPO, UIF, pension fund, medical aid and SARS obligations had gone unpaid, leaving a "quite significant" total debt. Joint BRP Anoosh Rooplal said he was "very disappointed" at the outcome and "very sorry" for the impact on employees and their families.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard compiled by Marelise van der Merwe at Fin24
  • See too, Application for some SAPO workers facing axe to receive TERS funding rejected, at EWN

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