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cwu thumb medium90 95The Citizen reports that the Communication Workers Union (CWU), which is leading a countrywide strike at the SA Post Office (Sapo) and at Telkom, is confident about breaking the wage increase deadlock with Sapo.  

Talks to be held on Monday will be facilitated by the CCMA.  “We are positive about reaching a settlement with Sapo, especially when one looks at the impact this is having on poor people who receive Sassa grants through the post office,” said the CWU’s Aubrey Tshabalala.  Sapo has offered a 6% wage increase, while the CWU, joined by the Democratic Postal and Communications Union and the SA Communication Union, are demanding 12%.  “Picketing and work stoppages will continue across the country until Tuesday, when we will be reporting back to our members on the outcome of the talks,” Tshabalala said.  Meanwhile, Telkom said the strike had affected its Openserve subsidiary, with technicians unable to service certain areas due to the industrial action.  While Telkom has offered employees a 3% increase, the CWU is demanding 12%.  The union has given Telkom until Monday to respond to its wage increase demand.

  • Read this report by Brian Sokutu in full at The Citizen
  • Read too, Post Office strike halts payment to grant beneficiaries, at Engineering News

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