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CWU planning strike at Post Office next week

Post Office workers claim they have not received a salary increase in the last two years.

Picture: Facebook.com

JOHANNESBURG - The Communication Workers Union (CWU) is planning a strike at the South African Post Office (Sapo) next week.

The union says this will happen on Thursday and Friday, before they embark on an indefinite strike over salary increases.

This decision was taken at the union's national executive committee (NEC) meeting this week as workers claim they have not received a salary increase in the last two years.

CWU spokesman Clyde Mervin says, "We must go to the streets so that we can start pushing government to give the Post Office enough funding so that workers can at least be at peace."

Post Office CEO Mark Barnes says another strike will have a devastating impact on its services.

"I hope we can find a way to talk to each other as partners and that we don't have to go down this route. I find this to be a blunt tool of discussion. We should have common interests as management and union leadership."

Barnes says he understands that the workers are frustrated, but has urged them to give him a chance.

"I've been here for three months, we've got extraordinary support out in the market place for a potential winning strategy and we're as close as dammit to getting the money. I strongly urge them not to go on strike."

But Mervin says they have no option but to strike.

"We understand, but for two years things have gone on without an increase for workers. Workers also need a better life. People in Parliament have been getting increases every year, but workers are not getting increases."

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