Post Office strike: Status of casual workers under scrutiny

The post office strike has dragged on for more than nine weeks with no end in sight.

FILE: The post office strike has dragged on for more than nine weeks with no end in sight.

JOHANNESBURG - The Communication Workers Union (CWU) says it's waiting for a proposal from the South African Post Office (Sapo) about the status of casual workers.

The post office strike has dragged on for more than nine weeks now with no end in sight, as workers demand better pay and permanent positions.

The union has also called for the dismissal of all board members, including chief executive Chris Hlekane, who has been placed on special leave.

CWU deputy president Clyde Mervin says, "That is where the bone of contention is. It's the issue of the conversion of these casual workers who have been working for 15 years in vacant positions. The Post Office cannot say today that they don't have money while they've wasted R2.1 billion on corruption."

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