Bills worry as post office strike drags on

2014-02-14 00:00

MSUNDUZI Municipality residents are advised to phone or visit their offices to enquire about their current accounts for payment.

This follows an ongoing strike by South African Post Office (SAPO) workers, which has left some residents concerned as to how they would receive their post and bills.

A concerned resident, Rob Furniss, asked, “What is happening to postal deliveries in Pietermaritzburg? We have not had any post delivered in our area for about 10 days.

“Is there a problem, and if so, how long will it take to resolve? I am getting a bit desperate about the situation as my son, who lives in London, posted me a letter three weeks ago and it has not arrived. Letters from him usually take less than a week to arrive,” said Furniss. Other residents expressed concerns about bills not being delivered and the possibility that electricity could be cut off as a result.

Msunduzi municipal manager Mxolisi Nkosi said those who receive their bills via SMSes would not be affected by the striking post office workers.

He said they had an arrangement with the post office to deliver the accounts to residents, but advised residents to check how much they owed before making payments if they did not get accounts.

Pietermaritzburg residents can contact the Msunduzi Municipality’s Finance Call Centre on 033 392 2980, to enquire about their accounts and disconnections.

Provincial Secretary of Communication Workers’ Union (CWU) KZN, Thami Mzileni said the CWU in KZN was disappointed with SAPO for announcing that the strike was over and that workers should return to work.

He said CWU has not signed any agreement with their employer and they were all still on a legal strike.

He said they were against the agreement signed by the so-called “Task Team”.

“We are continuing on militant and radical protected strike action against SAPO and calling on the SIU to speed up the investigation[s] against SAPO on corruption as instructed by the president of the country,” said Mzileni.

There will be a press briefing at the CWU head office today.

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