Today's Labour News

newsThis news aggregator site highlights South African labour news from a wide range of internet and print sources. Each posting has a synopsis of the source article, together with a link or reference to the original. Postings cover the range of labour related matters from industrial relations to generalist human resources.

postoffice thumb100 The Citizen reports that a number of SA Post Office (Sapo) branches across the country were closed on Tuesday due to a strike, leaving hundreds of social grant recipients having to find other alternatives.  

This was just the latest in a string of events hampering the smooth roll-out of the SA Social Security Agency’s (Sassa’s) new payment programme involving Sapo.  Last week, the Communication Workers Union (CWU), SA Customs Union, and the Democratic Postal and Communications Union went on a go-slow to demand higher wages.  On Monday, the CWU declared a national shutdown of Sapo after wage talks broke down.  Workers were demanding 12%, while the employer went from offering 0% to 10% as negotiations intensified at the CCMA.  Sapo argued it could not afford a 12% wage hike, but the workers were digging in their heels after two years without a salary increase.  Meantime, Sapo spokesperson Johan Kruger said on Tuesday that the majority of branches across the nation were open for business.

  • Read this report by Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni in full at The Citizen

Get other news reports at the SA Labour News home page