The current strike at the Post Office is the latest in a long line of labour disputes at the ailing service, and many listeners have called us to express their frustration at not being able to receive post and parcels. Some listeners have been waiting for months to receive packages from abroad. Employees have been participating in various unprotected strikes since January, which have caused interruptions in the Post Office’s sorting and distribution processes. The introduction of the flexible labour strategy, which was approved in 2013 to convert 7945 casual workers into permanent employees, seems to be central to the current dispute. Chief operating officer Mlu Mathonsi says another problem is that they have to negotiate with leaders from three worker unions in a bid to bring the current strike to an end, and there are various demands that are being made. Mathonsi says they hope to clear the backlog of postal deliveries in the coming days.
Those affected by the postal strike can email the Post Office to inquire about mail items.
The email address is: Socialmedia@postoffice.co.za
Customers should include a tracking number with their inquiry. The mail service in all provinces apart from Gauteng and the Western Cape is running normally.