Cosatu to help fired Post Office workers

Cosatu says it is not acceptable that the Post Office has fired 588 striking workers.

A security gurard walks past a closed Braamfontein Post Office in Johannesburg. Picture: Taurai Maduna/Eyewitness News

JOHANNESBURG - Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) President Sdumo Dlamini on Tuesday told fired Post Office employees that they will be fighting for their reinstatement.

Workers were dismissed last week after they went on an illegal six-week strike.

The strike was caused by an alleged fake court document stating that workers were owed significant amounts of money dating back to 1994.

Dozens of frustrated Post Office workers gathered outside the Wits Post Office branch to hear Dlamini.

They were hoping to hear good news on the alleged monies owed to them.

Dlamini said this is a very sad situation and needs to be resolved soon.

"It is sad because as we speak, 588 workers have been dismissed by the Post Office. We will work hard to intervene."

The two people who informed the workers about the fake court documents were arrested and charged with fraud.