Postal workers refuse to return to work

Over 1,200 casual workers are demanding full-time employment in permanent positions.

Striking workers caused havoc at the Booysens Post Office. Picture: Supplied.

CAPE TOWN - Hundreds of striking casual employees have ignored a call to return to work at the post office.

More than 1,200 casual workers nationwide embarked on an unprotected strike on Monday, crippling operations at several branches across the country.

The workers are demanding full-time employment i n permanent positions.

The South African Post Office says it is impossible to give into the demands of hundreds of its casual staff members for reasons of affordability and operations.

Post office officials say since the strike is unprotected, the principle of no work no pay applies.

At least 50 post offices countrywide are closed with Gauteng being the hardest hit.