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Post office workers afraid of going to work

Post office employees have been on strike for the past three months.

Women sing and dance outside the Tshwane Mail Centre in Pretoria as the Post Office strike continues across the country on 15 October 2014. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Hundreds of post office workers have gathered outside the Tshwane Mail Centre saying they're too scared to go to work because they fear they'll be targeted by striking colleagues.

Post office employees have been on strike for the past three months, demanding permanent employment and a 15 percent wage hike.

But those who want to work say cases of intimidation are on the rise.

Several striking workers are singing and dancing outside the entrance Tshwane Mail Centre.

The remains of burnt tyres are strewn across the road at the entrance.

Workers say they will continue to strike until management meets their demands.

A woman says she has been a casual employee for 10 years.

"I've been waiting for 10 years to be made permanent so I can have financial stability."

Police are maintaining a presence on the protest action.

On Monday the Orange Grove Post Office was vandalised by a group of striking workers.

Police said the group broke the windows and threatened to torch the building in an attempt to intimidate those on duty.

No one was injured during the incident.

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