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Post Office strike: CWU to submit final counter-proposal

The CWU says it's reviewed its demand of a 15 percent salary increase and immediate permanent contracts.

Post Office workers have been on strike for over three months. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Communication Workers Union (CWU) says it will send Post Office management its final counter-proposal this afternoon.

Workers have rejected the Post Office's latest offer of a 7,5 percent wage hike with effect from 1 December as well as a phasing in of permanent contracts over two-and-half years.

Workers have been on strike for over three months.

The CWU says it's reviewed its demand of a 15 percent salary increase and immediate permanent contracts.

The union's Aubrey Tshabalala says their revised demand includes a 7,5 percent increase backdated from 1 April and a further 0,5 percent increase from January.

Tshabala says they also want workers to be converted to permanent employees in 16 months.

The union says it's hoping for a positive response from management so workers can return to work on Monday.

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