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WC Post Office workers march in CBD, hand over memorandum

Several workers marched in the Cape Town CBD to deliver a memorandum to Sapo.

South African Post Office workers protest on 5 May 2016. Picture: Xolani Koyana/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - South African Post Office (Sapo) workers in Western Cape have downed tools today in demand of a 10 percent salary increase.

#PostOfficeStrike Management and union representatives have signed the memorandum. XK pic.twitter.com/SiLp4j8XQg

A group of about 200 workers, who are affiliated to the Communication Workers' Union (CWU), marched in the Cape Town CBD to deliver a memorandum to Sapo.

CWU representatives have encouraged workers to stay at home until Sapo meets their demands.

#PostOfficeStrike Post Office management listening as union rep after union rep continue to bash them. XK pic.twitter.com/i3aza7kLWO

The union's provincial secretary, Wayne Bredenkamp, says it's unacceptable that workers have not had an increase in three years.

"When the Post Office tells us they don't have money, we don't buy because they are woolly owned by the government. We see recently that MPs and the president have received salary increase with back pay. So, it tells us that government has the money."

In addition, the union wants the post office to improve working conditions and to permanently employ long-serving casual workers.

It has given management seven days to respond to the demands.

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

Services could be crippled even further from tomorrow as the union has called on members to participate in a stay away.

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