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Van stoned during Post Office protest

2012-05-16 20:08

Johannesburg - Johannesburg metro police officers intervened in a protest by Post Office contract workers on Wednesday after a vehicle was pelted with stones.

Communication Workers' Union (CWU) members were demanding that their contract positions become permanent jobs.

"We have had enough. We want to be employed permanently with benefits," said 28-year-old protester Vincent Nxumalo.

Nxumalo has been working as a contract worker for 10 years at the SA Post Office (Sapo) in Gauteng.

Metro police vehicles had to cut off protesters who threw stones at a post office van earlier in the day.

The driver tried to get when the protesters stormed the vehicle, but then reversed away.

A meeting between the union and Sapo was set for Friday to discuss a labour broker issue from 2005.

The union said an agreement between the CWU and Sapo in 2005 about converting contract workers under labour brokers to permanent positions had not been put into effect.

Several hundred of the union's members march from Cosatu House in the city centre to deliver a memorandum to Sapo's regional office.

A second memorandum was handed to the premier's office.

The union said it would march to the premier's office again if she had not responded by Tuesday.

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

Comments
  • Sharon - 2012-05-16 20:20

    Here we go, the de-action: De-mand De-stroy De-ny De-generates!!!

      Rob - 2012-05-16 21:07

      and degenerates, being the ones involved!

  • Bokfan - 2012-05-16 20:50

    Ehhh maybe the DA brought in a truckload of rocks.

  • mutiraasi - 2012-05-16 21:02

    Well, their heads are still stuck in the "stone"-age.

  • Erna - 2012-05-16 21:08

    Ask COSATU, NEHAWU and ANCYL - they know who it was - the DA!

  • Jacobus - 2012-05-16 21:20

    So Africa...3rd world...I want my study material from England, while I try to make my future beter, they decided that my studies must wait for them.. Re-order my study material and using a private company this time, it cost more but at least I will get it this time

  • Ruan - 2012-05-16 21:24

    ....hey your muck-savages, don't stone that van-my parcel from the UK is in transit going to my dear girlfriend in Johannesburg. It contains 2x CARTIER watches, 1x gold bracelet,....i know what u are thinking....but don't do it !! Don;t touch my parcel....

  • Aristar - 2012-05-17 04:02

    Fire the whole lot and hire people who actually want to work. If they don't want to work, then get rid of them. The postal worker in my neighbourhood cannot read and does not deliver mail correctly anyway. So get rid of it and hire someone who actually has a modicum of common sense and can read.

  • niekie.vanheerden - 2012-05-17 08:49

    It is so difficult to say this without sounding racist. Why do black people in general feel the need to destroy things when they are not happy? The bus is expensive - burn it down! The train is late - burn it down! Someone else is marching - throw stones! Headmaster is strict - burn thew school down! Striking for better jobs - damage cars etc!! What is wrong with these people?

  • Derry - 2012-05-17 14:11

    How is this possible, accoriding to Vavi, COSATU (CWU affiliate) are the most peaceful and lawful organization around. Ah i forget, the media is biased or SAPO themselves infiltrated the march to make trouble so that COSATU would lookk bad, that is according to the usual excuse from COSATU.

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