Post office workers to march to Union Buildings, Parliament
The CWU says it’s demanding that government provide immediate financial assistance.
JOHANNESBURG - Post Office workers are expected to march to the Union Buildings tomorrow and to Parliament on Friday to ask government to rescue its embattled employer.
The Communication Workers Union (CWU) says it's demanding that government provide immediate financial assistance to rescue the Post Office from total collapse.
The CWU says it hopes the South African Post Office will accept its revised wage demand as the two sides try to end a national strike.
The union initially demanded a 15 percent wage increase and permanent employment for casual staff.
But it's now revised its wage demand to 8 percent and wants casual workers to be given permanent contracts over 16 months.
Last month, Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services Siyabonga Cwele told Parliament, the overdraft on the Post Office's current account had jumped from R90 million since June to R323 million in August.
The CWU's Clyde Mervin said government is doing business with international companies where it is spending R20 billion yet it is saying it cannot bail out the Post Office.
Mervin pointed out that they were giving business to other courier companies and doing business with outside companies, even international companies.