Striking Post Office workers face dismissal

Sapo’s Lungile Lose says of around 17,000 workers, less than 300 appear to be staying away from work.

FILE: Sapo says it hopes to have a clear picture today of how many workers have returned to duty. Picture: Giovanna Gerbi/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Post Office (Sapo) says it hopes to have a clear picture today of how many workers have returned to duty following the end of a crippling four-month strike.

With an agreement finally being struck, the organisation yesterday said it was operating at 90 percent capacity.

At the same time, a parliamentary committee has visited Post Office operations in Pretoria.

Sapo's Lungile Lose says out of around 17,000 workers, less than 300 appear to be staying away from work.

He says a more comprehensive picture should emerge today after a full day of shifts and those who refuse to return will face being fired.

"We will start with the dismissal procedure from today onwards for those who don't heed the call to come back to work."

Lose says they are working to clear the backlog and he's confident they will be able to handle the festive season rush.

Last week, the state owned enterprise's latest financial statement indicated a net loss of R359 million.