Post Office overreacting - union

Sapo issued a statement saying it started procedures to dismiss workers who participated in the strike.

The CWU says the Post Office cannot fire workers because they are back at work.

JOHANNESBURG - The Communications Workers Union on Monday accused managers at the South African Post Office of overreacting by threatening to fire employees who were on an illegal strike since February.

The post office issued a statement saying it started procedures to dismiss workers who participated in the industrial action in Gauteng.

The strike left people around the country outraged and frustrated as a result of continuous disruptions to the delivery of mail.

The union's Aubrey Tshabalala said, "You can't just fire workers like that. When the workers returned to work, they were harassed in front of managers."

Workers were on strike for weeks over alleged fraud within the service and alleged salary discrepancies.

Post Office CEO Christopher Hlekane said they were planning to use the next 20 days to clear the mail delivery backlog.

"We are looking at between 10-20 days to clear the backlog and to increase our capacity."

Hlekane said they started the process of firing employees who ignored calls to return to their posts.

The CEO added distribution had improved.

"Today, Tshwane was operating at 88 percent [capacity]."