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'Carrim needs to intervene in Sapo dispute'

CWU has declared a dispute with the Post Office after wage negotiations deadlocked.

Communications Minister Yunis Carrim. Picture:GCIS

JOHANNESBURG - The Communications Workers Union (CWU) says Minister of Communications Yunis Carrim needs to intervene in its dispute with the South African Post Office (Sapo).

The union declared a dispute with Sapo after wage negotiations deadlocked on Monday.

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

The two parties will now meet at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA).

CWU's Aubrey Tshabalala says the union is also exploring other avenues.

"We would like to explore every available avenue to find an amicable solution. Unfortunately, the company isn't willing to move and the level of engagement shows they are not prepared to engage with a trade union."

CWU has warned that failure to reach a settlement at the CCMA will result in yet another strike.