Johannesburg - The South African Post Office has averted a potential fresh strike at the 11th hour, after the Labour Court in Joburg granted the parastatal an interim interdict against the Communication Workers Union (CWU).
The court declared the union’s certificate of non-resolution invalid and said it needed more time to consider the submission. The certificate was granted by the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA).
Last week, the CWU served the Post Office with a certificate indicating its intention to go on a go-slow in the lead-up to a fully fledged strike. The court judgment has offered the Post Office much-needed relief.
The parastatal said on Monday that the ruling would grant the Administration Technical Intervention Team, appointed by Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services Siyabonga Cwele, an opportunity to carry out its work in an attempt to stabilise and turn the Post Office around.
“The Labour Court verdict is a positive development as it affords the SA Post Office an opportunity to continue providing uninterrupted services to its customers. The judgment affords the administration team an opportunity to continue unhindered with its efforts to introduce measures that will turn the Post Office around, a task which is intrinsically tied to the national agenda,” said Post Office administrator Simo Lushaba.