SA Post Office gets Labour Court interdict against postal services strike

OCTOBER 28, 2015

The Labour Court on Wednesday granted a final order against the industrial action which CWU has scheduled for Thursday.

The Communication Workers Union (CWU) has been interdicted and restrained from striking and marching to, and/or picketing at the SA Post Office’s work premises; including the head office, retail outlets, mail centres, depots, regional office and hubs tomorrow, 29 October 2015.

This order effectively makes any strike, march and/or picket unlawful and illegal. Furthermore, the ‘no work, no pay’ principle will be applicable for any unauthorised absences. The SA Post Office further requests its employees to abide by the court order and therefore proceed with providing services to customers.

"This is a crucial moment for our customers, as they normally heighten their reliance on our services during the festive period; we have to always consider our customers given that they are the lifeblood of our business and therefore our livelihoods.

"We are acutely aware of the importance of a sustainable partnership with our labour partners and, as such, we are continuing our engagement with the leadership of the representative unions," said Johan Kruger, Communications Division, SA Post Office.

"We are noticing some positive improvements on our business as a direct result of the commitment from each one of us. Any disruption of services will only serve to undermine all the rescue efforts and drive the business down a catastrophic path. We can still turn the corner and make the SA Post Office a service provider of choice!"

Kruger said that the SA Post Office has paid its employees’ salaries in full, having paid 70% and 30% of each employee’s salary on 23rd and 28th of October respectively.