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‘Sapo has had enough time to meet workers’ demands’

Workers are demanding permanent contracts, an equal work equal pay policy and a salary increase.

FILE: CWU workers during a strike. Workers are demanding a 10 percent increase and that the SAPO stop the “casualisation” of workers. Picture: Xolani Koyana/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Communication Workers Union (CWU) says it believes it's given the South African Post Office(Sapo), enough time to meet the demands of its workers.

The union, which called a strike at the post office last week, has suspended its industrial action for further engagement.

Workers are demanding permanent contracts, an equal work equal pay policy and a salary increase which should be backdated to two years.

Sapo says last week's two-day strike was supported by less than two percent of workers nationally.

The CWU's Clyde Mervin says, "When we went to the CCMA, we had a certificate for six months. We did not call workers to strike but the workers then decided 'it's enough, we can't be so long, leadership please act'. In fact, the workers were saying this must be an indefinite strike."