Postal workers warn of fresh strike

The CWU says the Post Office is not interested in a solution to the current wage dispute.

FILE: Workers affiliated to the Communication Workers Union (CWU) strike in Johannesburg on 29 October 2012. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

JOHANNESBURG - The Communications Workers Union (CWU) on Wednesday says it has been forced to declare a dispute with the South African Post Office.

According to the union, the company has shown arrogance and disregard for the negotiation process.

CWU is locked in wage talks and has warned that failure to reach a settlement at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) will result in yet another strike.

The union is demanding a 10 percent wage hike as well as housing allowances, but the Post Office has offered six percent.

CWU Gauteng Secretary Aubrey Tshabalala says the company has no interest in resolving the dispute.

"We have realised that a series of talks are not taking us anywhere. We also have to emphasise that the Post Office is forever bringing their junior managers on a conveyor belt into the negotiations without a mandate. This shows that the company is not really serious."