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postoffice thumb100 The Star reports that the SA Post Office (Sapo) has filed an urgent application at the Labour Court for an interdict to stop a possible strike by workers affiliated to the Communication Workers Union (CWU).  

The union served Sapo with a notice of a planned go-slow which was intended to start yesterday, but which was called off at the 11th hour pending the court’s ruling due today.  Sapo administrator Simo Lushaba warned in a TV interview that a fresh strike could sink the parastatal.  The CWU’s dispute with Sapo is over the conversion of casual workers to permanent positions, salary increases and the adjustment of salaries paid to newly re-employed.  CWU president Clyde Mervin disputed Lushaba’s warning, saying:  “I don’t think it’s correct.  They (administrators) get paid R16.8 million over three months.  We have also never seen an audited financial statement.”  Mervin has again called on the government to intervene in the matter, saying his members had genuine demands that kept falling on deaf ears.  The union has been consulting its members on whether to embark on a fresh strike and Mervin said they were keen to down tools.

  • Based on a report by Theto Mahlakoana on page 6 of The Star of 6 March 2015

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