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Illegal Post Office strike causes mail delivery delays

Friday 7 February 2014 05:37

SABC

Strikes by casual workers demanding permanent positions at the Post Office seem to be a permanent recurrence

Strikes by casual workers demanding permanent positions at the Post Office seem to be a permanent recurrence(SABC)

The illegal strike at the Post Office has delayed the delivery of study material from distance learning institutions.

Thousands of students who have enrolled at the University of South Africa (Unisa) are still waiting for books to arrive. Also, thousands of customers who have ordered and paid for items from overseas agencies like Amazon have also been affected by the ongoing strike.

The industrial action, by about 6 000 casual workers, has affected operations at all major mail sorting centres in the country. This has led to important mail being clogged up as workers strike for permanent positions.

On Thursday, workers attached to the Communication Workers' Union went on strike at the Durmail Post Office in Durban, demanding an increase in salaries. CWU spokesperson Thami Mzileni said workers want 10% increment and better working conditions.

He said workers will remain outside the office gates until they get their demands. Mzileni said part of their demands is that their salaries be back-dated to July 2013 as the Post Office unilaterally decided to increase salaries by 7%.

Earlier this week, the presidency announced that President Jacob Zuma signed a proclamation directing the Special Investigative Unit to investigate alleged irregularities in the affairs of the Post Office.

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