By Denis Joseph, MPP, DA Deputy Chief Whip in the Western Cape Provincial Parliament:
The Communications Workers Union (CWU) are planning strike action against to the Johannesburg offices. The South African Post Office (SAPO) will not be able to pay staff their full salaries on the 25th of October 2015 and will stagger payments over the 25th and 31st of October 2015.
I have today written to the Western Cape Regional Post Office Management to inquire about the long term impact that the delay in salary payment, on the people of the Western Cape.
Non-Governmental Organisations and civil society rely heavily on the postal services for donations needed to deliver services to those in need. If their access to the postal service is cut off, the loss will render them incapable of delivery.
SAPO has suffered financial losses in excess of R1.3 billion and is facing chronic challenges due to poor management.
Despite being placed in administration, the post office still struggles to cover its overheads. Earlier this year, a post office branch in Westridge, Mitchell’s Plain, was closed down due failing to pay the rental on time. This all at the expense of people in need of the service as well as those who work for SAPO.
If the SAPO cannot pay the salaries of its employees, how can we be assured that it will be able to deliver the postal service?
The Democratic Alliance in the Western Cape will ensure continue to follow this issue closely to ensure that the SAPO is accountable to its workers and to those who depend on its service.