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.
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.
THE South African Post Office (Sapo) has spent about R2m to keep its head of technology infrastructure away from its office for close to 17 months, while also paying consultants R200,000 a month for work that could be done by internal staff.
Read more: Post Office pays staffer R2m to stay away | Business Times | BDlive.
A NATIONWIDE strike looms over the SA Post Office after the Communication Workers’ Union (CWU) issued an ultimatum last week to be recognised by the state entity.
Thabo Mogalane, the CWU deputy general secretary, said the union could launch the industrial action “within the next two weeks. We just need one week to mobilise workers.”
Mogalane said the countrywide strike would affect postal delivery and services such as transport and the post office’s financial services. The union also said the post office’s decision to stop wage negotiations on September 7 was illegal.
The CWU wants the post office to double its proposed salary increase of 6 percent to 12 percent.
Read more: CWU threatens to strike at SA Post Office – Business News | IOL Business | IOL.co.za.
New Delhi, Sept. 6:
The Department of Posts (DoP) today said it has signed an international speed post agreement with South Africa Post and the service will be available at major post offices starting this month.
“DoP has signed an agreement with South Africa Post for starting international EMS (speed post) service…The EMS service to South Africa will be available at the major post offices from September 2012 onwards,” DoP said in a statement.
Express Mail Service (EMS) is a premium service that enables its users to send letters, documents and parcels faster with the added facility of tracking the movement of the item on the Internet.
Read more: Business Line : Industry & Economy / Economy : Postal department ties up with South Africa Post.