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Sunday, February 12, 2023

South African Post Office has given a notice in terms of section 189 to retrench 6000 workers

Information reaching Kossyderrickent has it that South African Post Office has given a notice in terms of section 189 to retrench 6000 workers.

Cosatu said South Africa could not afford to have a large number of employees retrenched while the country was in a shambles due to the high unemployment rate.

Speaking to Newzroom Afrika, Cosatu spokesperson Sizwe Pamla said they had met with other affiliated unions such as the Communication Workers Union (CWU) and confirmed that they planned to meet the Post Office management.

They previously met the management on November 5 when they received the section 189 notices.

In a statement, the Communication Workers Union (CWU) said it has learnt with shock that the Post Office is planning to retrench the bulk of its workers after a Section 189 notice.

“The Post Office has dropped a bombshell at the doorstep of the CWU by giving a notice in terms of Section 189 and 189(A), which means it intends to dismiss 6,000 workers.

“The notice comes a week after the company called a meeting with the unions to discuss the 40% salary cuts or hours of work reduction with all key stakeholders present. However, the company failed to adhere to its own processes where such matters should or can be discussed at the bargaining chamber with all key stakeholders,” the union said.

This comes after the DA’s objection to the closure of some of the entitity’s branches in Mitchell’s Plain.

The DA said that this decision to close branches and retrench workers would affect thousands of residents who relied on Post Office services

“Thousands of residents will be affected by this ridiculous decision, especially those who rely on the post office for the withdrawal of their South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) grants.

“It is unacceptable to expect affected residents to visit other branches outside of Mitchells Plain, far from their homes. People are struggling to make ends meet as it is, and extra-travel costs will only add to their burden,” the DA said.

The union has called for the government to intervene in the matter, saying that the Post Office should be given a financial bailout to avoid the looming retrenchments.

“This comes immediately after the State of the Nation Address, where the president spoke about improving the economy, that is turning the tide against the high unemployment rate… The CWU calls for the urgent state intervention, which includes but is not limited to financial injection.

“The separation of the Post Bank has a serious negative impact on the finances and growth of the entity. The union remains opposed to the plan to retrench workers, particularly when it is clear that business prospects are greater,” the union said.

Pamla said this matter was extremely worrying. It was dealt with in the February Budget and they had tried to raise it with relevant stakeholders.

“This is unsustainable because we do need the Post Office in a well-capacitated situation and we cannot have the government that leads when it comes to the destruction of jobs,” Pamla said.

“The entire idea of having a government is that it should set the momentum and give a message to everyone out there that we create jobs and not destroy them.

“So if you destroy the Post Office then you are actually undermining the delivery of public service and sending a very toxic message to the private sector that they can follow everything the government does in destroying jobs,” he said.

Pamla said they were well aware of the financial turmoil within the Post Office.

“The government needs to do more when it comes to funding the Post Office. For example, when they separated it from the Postbank, the government never compensated the Post Office.

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