Post Office strike was spontaneous - union

The Communication Workers Union said it was caught off guard by the Post Office strike.

The CWU said it was caught off guard by the Post Office strike. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Communication Workers Union (CWU) acting general secretary Thabo Mogalane admitted that his union was not able to control the Post Office strike that brought the service to a halt for several weeks.

He also said what happened to the National Union of Mineworkers (Num) in the mining sector when the Association of Mining and Construction Union (Amcu) started may be happening to CWU.

Mogalane added his union was caught off guard by the recent strike action.

"It was spontaneous and then we were only informed that our members were involved in that strike."

Mogalane also responded to questions on whether someone else may be organising in his sector.

"It is possible but we are still investigating."

But despite that, Mogalane said the Post Office's decision to fire workers who went on strike is too harsh.

Workers downed tools to protest against alleged maladministration and salary discrepancies.