South Africa Post Office sacks 473 workers

JOHANNESBURG – The South African Post Office (Sapo) has confirmed it has dismissed 473 casual workers who have been been on strike for three weeks.

The employees had called on management to employ them permanently and were sacked after what the Post Office says was a campaign of violence and intimidation.

The strike has caused severe delays in the delivery of mail from the Tshwane and East Rand distribution centres.

The service says it is currently in the process of permanently employing 900 casual workers but was forced to dismiss nearly 500 due to escalating incidents of violence.

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Ethiopian Postal Services and DHL Signed MoU for Joint Use of Delivery Networks

Ethiopian Postal Services Enterprise and DHL Ethiopia signed a Memorandum of Understanding to jointly use delivery networks, Fortune reported.

The MoU was singed at Capital Hotel & Spa on October 9, 2013. Essete Gabriel, country manger of DHL Ethiopia and Gidey Gebretohannes of Ethiopian Postal Services signed the agreement.

Ethiopian Postal is looking to use DHL’s international delivery networks, while DHL will use Ethiopian Postal’s vast local networks.

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Kenya Postal Corporation launches Posta Pesa payment gateway

The Postal Corporation of Kenya’s newest e-payment gateway can become the primary payment in the system in the country and boost e-commerce, according to Fred Matiangi, cabinet secretary for information, communication and technology.

Matiangi spoke during the launch of the e-payment system, Posta Pesa, which can ride on the corporations expansive points of sale (PoS) and promote remote banking.

Read more: Postal Corporation launches Posta Pesa payment gateway | News | HumanIPO.

Nigeria: NIPOST Evaluates Cashless Policy Collaboration With CBN

The Postmaster- General, Nigerian Postal Service, NIPOST, Ibrahim Baba, said the collaboration between NIPOST and the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, on cashless policy was undergoing evaluation.

Mr. Baba said on Tuesday in Abuja that the essence of the collaboration was to support the CBN in the execution of the cashless policy. He stated that for the collaboration to take-off effectively there was the need to ensure that certain modalities were put in place, adding that the collaboration was at the process of evaluation.

Read more: allAfrica.com: Nigeria: NIPOST Evaluates Cashless Policy Collaboration With CBN.

Postal workers’ struggle spreads across the world

U.S. Postal Service clerks, carriers, mail handlers and drivers have a lot in common with other postal workers in the capitalist world. In Great Britain, Germany, Spain, Greece, Kenya, Malawi, South Africa, India, Uruguay, Peru, Brazil, Canada and other countries, postal workers have gone out on strike in the last year to demand wage increases, to defend benefits and to oppose privatization.

Read more: Postal workers’ struggle spreads across the world – Workers World » Around the world » In the U.S. » Top » Workers World.

Return to sender? Maybe not as Somalia to restart mail 22 yrs on

Somalis may soon be receiving letters from abroad for the first time in more than 20 years after a deal was struck with the United Nations’ postal agency, the latest step towards ending Somalia’s isolation following two decades of civil conflict.

But the challenges to bringing the Horn of Africa country back into the global postal community are manifold – there are no functioning post offices, only the main roads are named and most houses do not have a number.

Read more: Return to sender? Maybe not as Somalia to restart mail 22 yrs on | The New Age Online.

South African Post Office dismisses 588 workers for strike action

The South African Post Office has dismissed 588 workers after a wildcat strike caused delays in the mail service.

Strike action has been ongoing since 14th February, but although the disruption was declared illegal on 19th February, and despite talks with union officials, industrial action continued to affect the Witspos Mail Centre in Johannesburg and the Tshwane Mail Centre in Pretoria.

The strike appears to be in protest at a “scam” in which the workers were duped by colleagues into paying for a lawsuit against the Post Office.

Read more: South African Post Office dismisses 588 workers for strike action | Post & Parcel.

Nigeria: Postal Pensioners Protest, Post Offices Close

Protests by postal retirees over unpaid benefits have forced post offices across Nigeria to close.

For the last three weeks, post offices across Nigeria have been forced to stay closed by protesting retired postal workers. Demonstrating against the non-payment or under-payment of pensions and benefits, retirees of the Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST) have picketed or occupied post offices nationwide leading to a suspension in much of NIPOST’s operations. Some retirees are reportedly owed up to 69 months of pension arrears.

Read more: allAfrica.com: Nigeria: Postal Pensioners Protest, Post Offices Close.