Strike planned for communications sector

2011-08-17 13:58

Johannesburg - There will be a total shutdown of services at Telkom [JSE:TKG] and the Post Office if demands by workers are not met, the Communication Workers Union (CWU) said on Wednesday in Johannesburg.

A mass action by 23 000 is planned for the first week of September, CWU deputy president Clyde Mervin said.

"We are prepared to move on issues as a matter of urgency," Mervin said.

Notice of strike action will be served just after August 25.

The CWU is demanding the immediate suspension of SA Post Office (Sapo) chief executive Motswanesi Lefoka and chief operating officer John Wentzel, who are being investigated for alleged corruption.

If the call is not met, "we will take to the streets, and demand for their dismissal", Mervin said.

Sapo's board on Monday announced that an investigation into the new Sapo head office building revealed that it had spent R19m prior to renting out of the new building at Eco Point in Centurion.

It was now trying to recover this money. An additional R425m was spent on the 10-year-lease, an amount the Sapo board deemed an "irregular expenditure".

Mervin accused board chairperson Vuyo Mahlati of "defending" some within Sapo's top executive managers.

The CWU was tied in a meeting with the Sapo board on Wednesday over the "lease bungle" and the issue was not yet finalised. Details on this will be divulged later on Wednesday, he said following the press conference.

A wage dispute was also reached with Sapo, which is offering an "insulting, peanuts" increase of 6.2%. The CWU is demanding 11%, and there is "no turning back" on this, he said.

The union will go to the Commission of Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration for feedback on negotiations.

Telkom has offered workers a 5% wage increment, but the union was also demanding 11% in this instance, he said.

A wage dispute with workers at communications company Trudon has also been declared. That company has proposed a 6% increase for workers, but the demand is for 9%.

"We will negotiate with them on the street," he said.

"The result is the picketing bedlam that has become a normal part of strikes."


  • O-Kay - 2011-08-17 14:08

    I thought they just had a strike?? When we didn't get post delivered for over a month.

  • braams - 2011-08-17 14:11

    The question is: Will anybody notice a difference in service levels when Telkom and the Post Office is on strike...

      ZoeSaldahna - 2011-08-17 16:25

      Guess u'll have to wait and see Thomas

  • Dyllon Symington - 2011-08-17 14:31

    Wonder if we'll even notice this "shut down of Services" at Telkom???

      alansmart223 - 2011-08-17 22:07

      Heard about a thing called Telkom but thought it was just a myth

  • Charlton10 - 2011-08-17 14:35

    you strike, telkom meets your offer, then increases your telephone line rate and you pay back. He-He-He.

  • B Dubya - 2011-08-17 14:37

    My union will also be announcing its intention to strike soon. Fed Up Caucasians United Trade Union otherwise known as FUCUTU will commence a tax strike until our demands are met. We want accountability in government, better service delivery and scrapping of the NHI. Who's want to join?

      Gerald - 2011-08-17 21:25

      FUBUNTU will likely have better dance/toyitoyi moves? My friend we all just dont know anymore if it was aaall worth it...

  • lydonmcg - 2011-08-17 14:37

    This is getting RIDICULOUS. Strike after strike. They'll be lucky if they have jobs at the rate this country is bleeding. Keep it up unions - you'll only have your own greed to blame for your downfall in the long run.

  • Met - 2011-08-17 14:47

    A strike at the PO or Telkom? Let them- the public wont know the difference

  • Counter-spin - 2011-08-17 14:50

    With all the bungling/corruption the senior managent of parastatels do, it makes their excuse of not being able to meet wage demands seem very hollow. There is obviously money available, just not for salaries.

  • Spaffy - 2011-08-17 14:52

    Yea, why not? everyone else is doing it.

  • Judith - 2011-08-17 15:11

    Will we notice?

  • warren.dovey - 2011-08-17 15:28


  • Flower27 - 2011-08-17 15:32

    One strike will be followed by another until the Government puts an end to their policy "worker's right to strike".

      jay - 2011-08-17 16:13

      ...and all sectors are involved. Strikes are "ok", but the demands are staggering!!! Quo vadis, SA economy?

  • Zodwa - 2011-08-17 15:58

    Correct me if I'm wrong. We've always experienced mail delivery problems in my neigbourhood in Benoni for the past 3 months until the beginning of August.... Is this a second strike within 2 weeks?

  • Tonsil - 2011-08-17 16:14

    I thought Telkom and the Post Office had been on strike for the past 17 years

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