Post Office workers ordered to return to work

The strike has entered its fourth month with post piling up at sorting centres.

FILE: Women sing and dance outside the Tshwane Mail Centre in Pretoria on 15 October 2014. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - South African Post Office workers have been told by Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Telecommunications and Postal Services to return to work immediately, following the voluntary resignation of the parastatal's board last week.

The strike has entered its fourth month with post piling up at sorting centres and consumers losing confidence in the cash-strapped entity.

Unions have been told to encourage employees to return to work as talks continue.

The committee has confirmed that the resignation of the board followed a meeting 10 days ago, involving the committee, board members, executive management and Telecommunications and Postal Services Minister Siyabonga Cwele.

The committee says the meeting was held to gain a better understanding of the current state of affairs at the parastatal and to organise talks between management and unions.

Unions are demanding an eight percent increase and the permanent employment of all casual workers.

The strike has worsened the financial situation at the Post Office, which faces a R400 million shortfall as mail volumes continue to decline.

Earlier this month, Members of Parliament were told the cash-strapped parastatal was on the brink of collapse.