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cwu thumb medium90 95City Press reports that a nationwide strike by thousands of SA Post Office (Sapo) and Telkom workers has left hundreds of social grant beneficiaries stranded.  

The workers, who have been on strike since Friday, are demanding higher wages and have hindered the payment of social grants in the process.  The three unions who represent Sapo and Telkom employees – the Communication Workers Union (CWU), the SA Communication Union and the Democratic Postal and Communications Union – say they have been fighting for a wage increase for over three years.  They are demanding a 12% salary increase from both entities, but Sapo says it can only afford a salary increase of 6% across-the-board for all employees from 1 August.  Telkom is offering employees a 3% increase.  According to CWU general secretary Aubrey Tshabalala, the strike has resulted in a national shutdown at Sapo.  Tshabalala said it was unacceptable that the entity has not given its workers a salary increase in over two years.

  • Read this report by Ndileka Lujabe in full at City Press
  • Read too Post Office strike halts payment to grant beneficiaries, at GroundUp

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