Post Office strike is over, but disruptions persist

2009-09-04 00:00

THE strike by the Post Office employees has caused ongoing disruption to the delivery of postal services and inconvenienced the public and businesses.

The strike organised by the Communication Workers’ Union is legally off after an agreement between the union and the post office, but yesterday there were still some workers on strike, with reported incidents of intimidation of the non-striking employees.

The city’s residents said for the past 10 days, they have not been able to pay their accounts, or to receive their mail.

Local businessman Deon Roux said although the strike is “supposedly” over, the service was shocking. “Lately, we do not even get the correct amount of mail, I know how much mail I receive and what I am getting now is not even half of that,” said Roux.

Another businesswoman who wished to remain anonymous said they have had to send all their accounts via e-mails. She threatened that they might stop using the services of the Post Office altogether if the situation doesn’t improve.

Nobuhle Njapha, the communications spokeswoman at the Post Office, said the strike is legally over and confirmed that the union and the Post Office have reached an agreement. She also confirmed reports of intimidation.

“Some are not aware that the strike is over and they have been intimidating other employees and that has forced us to obtain an interdict,” she said.

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