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Union calls for 15% pay hike, govt bailout as SA Submit Workplace plans job cuts



  • The Communication Staff Union stated the South African Submit Workplace was not solely mistreating staff however was mismanaging itself into collapse. 
  • Their calls for included a 15% wage enhance throughout the board, a R900 housing allowance, and a R2500 housing subsidy.
  • The union additionally calls for that the Postbank be reintegrated with the Submit Workplace and that it turns into a monopoly within the supply of parcels weighing 1kg or much less. 
  • For extra monetary information, go to the News24 Business front page.

The Communication Staff Union (CWU) is demanding the federal government bail out the struggling South African Submit Workplace (SAPO) and make sure that the entity has a monopoly within the supply of parcels weighing 1kg or much less.

The union held marches across the nation, together with the Nationwide Treasury and the Division of Communications in Pretoria in addition to Parliament in Cape City. Their calls for included a 15% wage enhance throughout the board, a R900 housing allowance, and a R2500 housing subsidy.

SAPO has repeatedly struggled to pay staff’ medical assist contributions to the medical assist supplier Medipos and is more likely to think about taking steps to retrench employees after this yr’s Finances Speech successfully paved the way in which for it to chop 6 000 or 40% of its jobs within the medium time period. Its wage invoice accounts for 61% of its expenditure, based on its newest annual report. 

READ | Post Office vows to consult as 40% of jobs at stake in retrenchments plans

Nevertheless, the union’s calls for don’t start and finish with members’ pockets. The CWU needs the finalisation of laws to make SAPO the one authorized service supplier for the supply of parcels 1kg or much less. It additionally needs SAPO’s separation from Postbank to make the latter a totally fledged financial institution scrapped.

The union memorandum of calls for to the federal government referred to as for a everlasting proportional subsidy for providers rendered by SAPO and for the laws making SAPO the one authorized service supplier in 1kg parcel supply to be finalised.

The union additionally calls for that each one state establishments use SAPO as their main service supplier for registered mail and parcel supply.

“We name for Postbank to be reincorporated into SAPO. We additionally demand a bailout for SAPO contemplating the plight of staff,” the memorandum stated.

READ | Union vows to shut down Post Office over wages, unpaid benefits

SAPO spokesperson Johan Kruger informed News24 that the Thursday marches didn’t have a major impression on operations at Submit Workplace branches, however that the entity’s management will examine and think about the CWU’s calls for.

“Roughly 100 individuals joined the march in Gauteng and 100 in Cape City. The postal providers aren’t affected in any vital manner. The Submit Workplace will undergo the main points of the memorandum and reply to CWU as quickly as doable, as soon as the memorandum has been handed over,” stated Kruger.

In March, Cupboard accredited the South African Submit Workplace Modification Invoice and the South African Postbank Modification Invoice geared toward modernising SAPO and bringing the now separate Postbank a step nearer to turning into a fully-fledged financial institution respectively.

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