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CWU Johannesburg protest turns violent

2012-05-16 12:12

Johannesburg - Protesting Communication Workers' Union (CWU) members attacked a Post Office van in central Johannesburg on Wednesday morning.

The pelted it with stones in Jorissen Street, forcing the driver to reverse around a corner.

About 100 of the union's members, employed by the SA Post Office (Sapo) in Gauteng, converged on Cosatu House in Braamfontein to protest against an unresolved labour broking agreement.

Most of them were dressed in Sapo uniforms. The CWU is affiliated to the Congress of SA Trade Unions.

CWU spokesperson Matankana Mothapo said all Post Office depots and mail centres in Gauteng would be closed on Wednesday.

"The protest is as a result of the unresolved 2005 agreement entered into by both CWU and Sapo to covert labour brokers to permanent positions in the company."

He said the CWU wanted the dismissals of Pieter Swart, senior general manager of mail delivery, as well as Janras Kotsi, the group's mail business executive.

"Both of them are the culprits of sabotaging the 2005 agreement," he claimed.

Protesters would march to Sapo's regional office to hand over a first memorandum, and then to the premier's office to hand over another.

Comments
  • Bob - 2012-05-16 12:16

    Here we go again....the tail wagging the dog..

      Godfrey - 2012-05-16 12:40

      @Bob....the revolt has started against Cosatu.

      Brad - 2012-05-16 15:32

      @Godfrey, did you read the article? SAPO emloyees who are members of COSATO throwing stones at a SAPO truck. How is this a revolt against COSATO? And I'd be scared of any SAPO strike, ever heard of the expression "going postal"?

  • James - 2012-05-16 12:19

    Busy week for COSATU. Imagine if they put all the protesting effort into creating jobs. Sho. The unemployed would be spoilt for choice.

  • Henry - 2012-05-16 12:21

    Cosatu affiliated. Suprise , suprise .....criminal scum.

  • Carry - 2012-05-16 12:23

    MEMBERS OF COSATU BUSY ELSEWHERE?

  • John - 2012-05-16 12:24

    This story makes a mockery of of Cosatu's claims that the DA brought rocks and stones to yesterdays party

  • logical007 - 2012-05-16 12:24

    does anyone ever work at cosatu? or is there training rock throwing and disruption 101!

  • Frans - 2012-05-16 12:35

    Where did they get the stones? Oh I know, the DA left their truck in front of Cosatu House. Unruly bunch of Cosatu affiliates.

  • Sharon - 2012-05-16 12:35

    It has become such common practice, that a protest would not be one if violence is not present. Talk about biting the hand that feeds...

  • richard.hipkin - 2012-05-16 12:40

    Hopefully their carbon footprint is low by reusing the rocks from yesterday!

  • Alan - 2012-05-16 12:50

    Cosatu = violence. Simple. And they claim the media is biased for reporting their violence? What a bunch of losers. No wonder membership of unions is going down.

  • Andrew - 2012-05-16 12:50

    Typical of the barbarians we breed in this country!!!!

  • mastermindpete - 2012-05-16 13:05

    More COSATU rubbish causing mayhem !!! Just like yesterday ...

  • Voiceinthedesert.co.za - 2012-05-16 13:09

    All these protest are getting violent because empty promises don't put food on your table

  • keith.ngobeni - 2012-05-16 13:16

    COSATU boss zwelinzima vavi and his bunch of unionists are living large and luxurious life while the hardworking people COSATU claiming to be representing are eating bread crumbs, these movements are disgusting because it's only the bosses and their relatives who are enjoying the the slice of a cake while the followers and members are surviving by eating peanuts. I wonder if COSATU is going to blame Helen zille and DA on this one.

  • Nadine - 2012-05-16 13:18

    They learned about violence yesterday. Well done Cosatu

  • pekajean.vandyk - 2012-05-16 13:21

    LIKE i SAID YESTERDAY, ALL THESE BA.... NOW TO DO IS BREAKING THING IT IS GENETIC

  • yvette.meyer2 - 2012-05-16 13:30

    This affiliation got the memo late! they were suppose to be at Cosatu house yesterday!

  • raymond.kok3 - 2012-05-16 13:45

    PEOPLE OF MZANZI WE HAVE ALL WITNESS WHERE OUR BELOVED COUNTRY IS HEADING BECAUSE ITS ALL GOOD AND WELL IF COSATU WANTS TO MARCH BUT AS SOON AS THE OPPOSITION EXPOSE THEIR SHORT COMMINGS THEY RESORT TO VIOLENCE AND I KNOW THAT OUR SO CALLED PRESIDENT HAS SHOWN HIS HAND HE IS DEFNITLY NOT IN CONTROLE OF THIS BUNCH , AND I KNOW IT WILL COME BACK TO BITE HIM SOON. ALL WE NEED NOW IS FOR THE FAT IDIOT TO START HIS OWN PARTY HALLALLAA THAN THERE WILL BE OUR OWN OLYMPICS AND I KNOW THEY ALL ARE GAME FOR THAT TIK TOK TIK TOK

      richard.hipkin - 2012-05-16 14:00

      The youth don't want unions as they do nothing for them.

  • Daniel - 2012-05-16 13:52

    funny how COSATU members always turn up for a strike armed with rocks?

  • Jeffrey - 2012-05-16 14:32

    Anyway I support them, this fat cats in the name of labour brokers never had labour pains, I guess nor their mother did.

      Peter - 2012-05-16 14:38

      What are you even rambling on about? There are fat cats in the post office now?

  • Ian - 2012-05-16 17:27

    And where were the COSATU hooligans confronting the Post Office workers for daring to protest outside their Headquarters? Seems as if only certain people are a threat. Perhaps ones with brains?

  • Warwick Bristow - 2012-05-16 19:09

    Rock therapy. COSATU members favorite form of entertainment.

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