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Post Office staff down tools, strike gets underway

Workers are demanding a salary increase of 10% while the employer has not made any counter offer.

FILE: Workers say they have not received a salary increase for the last two years. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - As South African Post Office (Sapo) employees affiliated with the Communication Workers Union (CWU) start their strike around the country, Gauteng staff are preparing to picket outside offices.

Workers are demanding a salary increase of 10 percent while the employer has not made any counter offer.

Gauteng union members are planning to march on the African National Congress (ANC)'s Luthuli House tomorrow.

CWU President Clyde Mervin says pickets in Gauteng will be peaceful.

"In Gauteng they're going to meet at different places and they'll be talking about the plans for tomorrow. They're not going to work as they'll be outside picketing."

The union says workers have not received a salary increase for the last two years and have no other option.

Mervin says employees feel like a 'step child' being ignored by government.

"Workers have sacrificed for two years without an increase and everything has gone up. [CEO Mark Barnes] is very arrogant when he speaks to us. He is very rude to us. We're going to strike and make our voices heard."