More shifts for mail backlog

2013-03-07 20:32
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Johannesburg - Backlogs in mail sorting due to recent postal strikes will be cleared by introducing extra shifts, the SA Post Office (Sapo) said on Thursday.

"Positive inroads were made into mail at the Post Office's Witspos and Tshwane mail sorting centres, after more sorting staff resumed work," Sapo said in a statement.

Letters and parcels were sent to all areas of Johannesburg and Pretoria for sub-sorting and delivery.

The organisation was also taking "extensive measures" to ensure that workers who arrived for duty were protected from intimidation.

"The SA Post Office management is in constant discussions with relevant parties to resolve the strike as soon as possible."

Sapo had adopted the no-work, no-pay principle for striking workers. The Pretoria News reported on Tuesday that the strike began on 14 February and that Witspos and Tshwane Mail were most effected.

On 19 February, Sapo was granted an interdict declaring the strike illegal and unprotected.

Chief executive Chris Hlekane told the newspaper the striking workers had been misled to believe they were owed pension funds.

"A fraudster told them that the Post Office owes them pension funds. He then collected contributions for a court case against the Post Office from each one of them."

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