New labour unrest threatening at Post Office

Adv Anton Alberts

There are still huge problems at the SA Post Office and the possibility of renewed labour unrest cannot be excluded, says Adv. Anton Alberts, the FF Plus’ parliamentary spokesperson on Communication.

According to documents of one of the SA Post Office’s largest trade unions, the Communications Workers Union (CWU), there is particular a lot of dissatisfaction about the Post Office’s interim head, Simo Lushaba. Lushaba was appointed as temporary head after the minister of Communications and Postal Services, Siyabonga Cwele, dismissed the Post Office’s Board.

A series of allegations are being made against Lushaba and he is accused of not acting strongly enough against maladministration and fraud. CWU is also accusing him of giving preferential treatment to certain trade unions and thus causing friction amongst trade unions and personnel.

The documents mention that the CWU is being discriminated against because they do not have good relations with Cosatu and government and that the Police is even used to intervene in small labour disputes.

The threat is also made that the situation is a time bomb and that CWU has already mobilised its members to go to the streets if the minister does not intervene and remove Lushaba from his position.

Adv. Alberts says the threats should be taken seriously and the minister should urgently intervene to diffuse the situation to prevent the Post Office from going down the road of Eskom.


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