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Post office strike: CWU ready to resume talks

The union says it’s ready to resume negotiations with Sapo despite failed attempts to last week.

The Tshwane Mail Centre. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Communication Workers Union (CWU) says it hopes to reach an agreement with the South African Post Office (Sapo) by Wednesday, in a bid to end its strike.

Earlier this month, Telecommunications & Postal Services Minister Siyabonga Cwele announced the resignation of the Post Office board, a move that's been welcomed by the union.

The CWU says it's ready to resume negotiations with Sapo despite failed attempts to re-open talks last week.

The union's Clyde Mervin says leaders and members are hoping for a speedy resolution to the four-month strike.

"There is a settlement agreement in sight, as far as we are concerned. We wanted to speed up the process, so that by Wednesday we can allow workers to get back to work."

The union has refused to accept Sapo's claim that it simply does not have the financial capacity to grant workers a pay hike.

Leaders say they believe calls for a 7% pay increase now, with an additional 1% at a later stage is more than reasonable.