Post office strike off the cards for now

An interim Labour Court order has prevented a fresh strike by the CWU at the postal service.

Tshwane Mail Centre. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Post Office has described an interim Labour Court order preventing a fresh strike at the postal service as a positive development.

The post office and the Communication Workers Union (CWU) faced off in court yesterday after the union indicated it was consulting its members on the possibility of a new strike.

It's the latest development after the CWU announced its members would embark on a go-slow this week citing unhappiness with the postal service's failure to address some of their grievances.

However, the union's Clyde Mervin says the possibility of a strike is not completely off the table.

"Workers are very militant and say we must prepare them for after 24 March to see how to handle the matter."

Last year, post office employees went on a four-month long strike.

The strike, which was suspended by the CWU, brought the state entity to its knees.

The financially-strapped organisation said it's lost over R350 million in revenue because of the strike.