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No end in sight for postal strike

Unions say they will not give up and have called a meeting with the Post Office administrator.

FILE: Unions say they will not give up and have called a meeting with the Post Office administrator. Picture: Giovanna Gerbi/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - There seems to be no end in sight for the SA Post Office strike as talks between the parastatal and unions representing striking members fell apart again yesterday.

It was hoped last night's meeting would finally see an end to the four month long strike which has brought mail delivery to a virtual standstill.

The union says its members have already reduced their original demand for a 15 percent pay hike to 8 percent, and should not be made to compromise any more.

Communication Workers Union (CWU) president Clyde Mervin has accused the Post Office of not taking strikers seriously.

"The reason why people are currently on the street is because they want full time employment. We have given them a proposal over a period of 16 months, we even compromised it. So I'm saying the Post Office is really not prepared to resolve the problem."

The union has called an emergency meeting with the Post office administrator today following last night's wage breakdown.

Mervin says if they don't meet Simo Lushaba, they will head to the CCMA.

"We are not giving up hope as the CMU. We will now call to meet the administrator, Lushaba, tonight, because he must also be able to resolve the current state of affairs in the post office."

The SA Post Office has not been available for comment.