Post Office strike: CWU revises wage demand

The union initially demanded a 15% wage hike and immediate permanent contracts for casual workers.

FILE:  The Post Office strike has entered into its third month. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Communications Workers Union says it has now revised its wage demand in an effort to end the crippling strike at the South African Post Office.

The union initially demanded a 15% wage hike and immediate permanent contracts for casual workers.

But it's now asking for an eight percent increase to be implemented over four months and for casual workers to be employed within 16 months.

The union's Clyde Mervin, "The Post Office has made a proposal of appointing casuals in a 30 month period. We've countered the proposal today as an organisation and we're saying they must employ all casuals within 16 months."

The Post Office strike has entered into its third month as frustration mounts among those who rely on the postal service.

The strike has led to closures of post offices across the country as a result of intimidation and vandalism by striking workers.