Frustration mounts as Post Office strike continues

Workers are demanding a 15 percent salary hike and those with temporary contracts want permanent positions.

FILE: Post Office workers are demanding a 15 percent salary hike and those with temporary contracts want permanent positions. Picture: Facebook.

JOHANNESBURG - As the South African Post Office (Sapo) strike enters its second month, business owners, universities, banks, insurance companies and other customers are growing increasingly frustrated.

Sapo has warned the strike is likely to drag on longer than expected because negotiations have reached a stalemate.

Workers are demanding a 15 percent salary hike and those with temporary contracts want permanent positions.

There appears to be no end in sight for this strike and those most affected by it have described their anger and frustration to Eyewitness News .

The University of South Africa's Martin Ramotshela says it's been difficult to communicate important information with students and to deliver learning material.

"We have been unable to post some very important documents that were supposed to go to our students such as assignment solutions and letters concerning examinations."

One businessman says he faces having to close down his company as customers no longer trust him.

"They are putting me and many others out of business."

About 37 branches in and around Johannesburg have been affected by the strike including Braamfontein, Sebokeng, Germiston and Honeydew.