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Poskantoor gekap oor onwettige staking

Postoffice strike

Die Minister van Telekommunikasie en die Posdiens, Siyabonga Cwele het toegegee dat daar ernstige probleme by die Poskantoor is.

Cwele het voor die Parlementêre Toesigkomitee verskyn om voorleggings oor die stand van sake by die beleërde posdiens te doen. Hy het verduidelik dat hy gister ter elfde ure met die tesourie moes skakel om ‘n waarborg vir die posdiens te bewerkstellig.  Hy het bevestig dat dit die vorige maand weens kontantvloeiprobleme ook gebeur het

Andrew Nongogo, hoofbestuurder van openbare aangeleenthede van die poskantoor, het gesê die laaste paar jaar het die uitgawes sy inkomste oorskry.

Mmamoloko Kubayi, voorsitter van die portefeuljekomitee oor telekommunikasie en die posdiens,  het die vakbonde ook nie die roede gespaar nie.  Sy het hulle veroordeel vir die onbeskermde staking wat werkers in die poswese al vir meer as 12 weke hou.  Sy het hulle ook veroordeel vir die skade wat hulle aan poskantore aanrig.

Parliament, 31 October 2014 – The Portfolio Committee on Telecommunications and Postal Services is very concerned about the current state of affairs at the South African Post Office (SAPO). SAPO is facing two major problems including a (three months) long unprotected and violent strike by employees.

While interrogating SAPO’s presentation, Committee Chairperson Ms Mmamoloko Kubayi said labour unions must take responsibility for the damage caused to SAPO property at the hands of striking employees. She appealed to workers to end the strike as a matter of urgency and return to work.

SAPO is yet to table its 2013/14 annual report to Parliament. But the entity presented its financial position of the same financial year. This prompted Committee members to express doubts about the figures that were presented. Ms Kubayi warned SAPO management there would be serious consequences should there be discrepancies between the final audited financials and the ones presented to the Committee.

Ms Kubayi urged the unions to go back to the negotiating table with management. “The board and management must go back and implement what the Committee has proposed. We will conduct an oversight visit next month to follow up on the progress made. The board must also act against officials who led the entity to this state. We support the Minister on his actions with regards to the board. We will await the annual report,” said Ms Kubayi.

ISSUED BY PARLIAMENTARY COMMUNICATION SERVICES ON BEHALF OF THE CHAIRPERSON OF THE PORTFOLIO COMMITTEE ON TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND POSTAL SERVICES, MS MMAMOLOKO KUBAYI