Government has to intervene in SA Post Office strike before it gets totally out of hand

Adv Anton Alberts

Everything points to the violent post office strike possibly getting totally out of control and the FF Plus calls on government to intervene before it reaches the same level of intensity and violence nationally as it has in Gauteng.

Adv. Anton Alberts, the FF Plus’ parliamentary spokesperson on communication, says the information the FF Plus has indicates that the situation is extremely explosive and that the relevant trade unions, including the Communication Workers Union (CWU), is warning their members to ‘prepare for war.’

“In the meantime violent incidents are being reported across the country. Vehicles are being set alight, post offices and post office properties are being damaged and mail is being scattered around and destroyed.

“The houses of people who are not participating in the strike are increasingly being set alight, women are being molested at taxi ranks and threats and intimidation are at the order of the day. Even head office personnel are being prevented by striking workers to enter buildings,” Adv. Anton Alberts says.

According to Adv. Anton Alberts, the CWU is insisting on exorbitant increases of 15% while the post office has put a figure of closer to 5% on the table.

“This claim is totally absurd given the fact that the post office is on the verge of bankruptcy and it is clear that the state will have to intervene immediately to rescue the situation before the organisation’s wheels totally grind to a halt.

“The post office remains an essential communication system without which South Africa could be left vulnerable and will not be able to function properly. South Africa cannot afford this,” Adv. Alberts said.


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