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Union vows to close down Publish Workplace over wages, unpaid advantages

  • The Communication Employees Union plans to close down the South African Publish Workplace’s branches over wages and unpaid medical assist contributions.
  • The union’s demonstrations will embrace marches to the Nationwide Treasury, the Division of Communications, and Parliament.
  • CWU normal secretary Aubrey Tshabalala stated the union is ignored, it’ll take into account a potential strike. 
  • For extra monetary information, go to the News24 Business front page.

The Communication Employees Union (CWU) says it’ll look to close down South African Publish Workplace (SAPO) branches across the nation on Thursday and Friday as staff demand a 15% wage enhance and options to the continuing medical assist contributions disaster.

SAPO has been failing to maintain up with staff’ medical assist contributions to its medical assist supplier, Medipos, with the most recent conflict arising earlier this month

On Thursday, the union plans to march from the Union Buildings to the Division of Communications and the Nationwide Treasury in Pretoria. Within the Western Cape, the CWU may even march to Parliament with their calls for, which embrace a 15% wage enhance and an finish to the medical assist contributions disaster.

There may even be mass picket occasions at Publish Workplace branches in all 9 provinces across the nation. The union stated pickets and demonstrations will proceed into Friday and escalate to “section two” which can embrace trying into the potential of a strike if SAPO administration doesn’t heed its calls for.

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CWU normal secretary Aubrey Tshabalala stated Cosatu and the South African Communist Celebration would help the mobilisation. He stated talks with ANC constructions for his or her help had been ongoing.

“Publish Workplace staff in a interval of over 5 years solely acquired one wage enhance. All their statutory advantages have been reduce. Medical assist has not been paid and members leaving the system are discovering themselves 1000’s of rands in debt for unpaid medical assist contributions,” stated Tshabalala.


Tshabalala instructed News24 that SAPO staff have needed to cope with nice monetary uncertainty together with the specter of potential retrenchments whereas Publish Workplace administration continued to battle to honour essentially the most primary commitments to staff.

“Employees have misplaced and on prime of that, they aren’t getting a wage enhance. One of many calls for is that there have to be a 15% wage enhance and advantages. We’re additionally going to the division over their failure to be sure that the Publish Workplace will get again on its ft,” Tshabalala stated.

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Tshabalala stated the CWU calls for a brand new accountable board to guide SAPO. He stated the union additionally took situation with the separation of Postbank from the Publish Workplace, which he says could have dire monetary penalties for Sapo.

Tshabalala stated the union could be marching to the Division of Communications, the Nationwide Treasury, and Parliament. He stated the state performed a task in undermining the Publish Workplace and that the union demanded that it change tack. News24 reached out to SAPO for remark, which was not acquired on the time of publication.

A SAPO spokesperson beforehand instructed News24 that the entity had been struggling to pay medical assist contributions for November due to its monetary troubles, however that it was speaking overtly with workers and dealing in the direction of an answer. 

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