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Post Office strike: Another one bites the dust

The Communication Workers Union (CWU) has suspended its crippling three-month strike at the SA Post Office. The union said it was not pleased with the latest wage offer from the post office. However, after two other unions signed a salary deal with the post office, the CWU it does not have a choice but to return to work for now.

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Landlords force Post Offices to close

Four months into the South African Post Office (SAPO) strike and things seem to be going from bad to worse for Post Office customers as some of its Western Cape branches have been forced to close temporarily as rentals have not been paid.

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Let them eat cake

Business Day reported today that the strike ravaged South African Post Office’s management has dealt another blow to its customers and employees by awarding themselves with salary increases “four times the rate of inflation,” at 26%. This as it offered workers 6.5% and pleaded for a bailout from parliament as it was concerned it would not be able to pay salaries, due tomorrow at midnight.

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“No work; no pay!” says SAPO

As the South African Post Office strike drags into its eleventh week, employees will be waiting with bated breath to see if their salaries appear in their bank accounts on time this month. The parastatal and its controlling government department, the department of telecommunications and postal services, went cap in hand to parliament last week to ask for a bailout, stating that unless it went back to work soon, it would not be in a position to pay salaries this month. Last month employees were paid a day late after what was described as an “anomaly.”

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