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SAPWU - The South African Postal Workers Union

The idea of forming an alternative trade union in the Post Office came through informal discussions around early 2008. On the 8th August 2008 in Kwaggasrand (Pretoria) a decision was taken that we start a formal registration process of SAPAWU (South African Postal Workers Union) with the Department of Labour.

The draft emblem/logo was circulated to different regions for inputs. The view was that it should capture the essence of the post office worker. On the 18th December 2008, a formal application was made with the Department of Labour to acquire a Certificate of Registration, this being a requirement in terms of the Labour Relations Act, Act 66 of 1995. The Certificate of Registration was issued by the Department of Labour on the 27th May 2009, with Registration Number LR2/6/2/1672

The process of seeking recognition status in the post office started in earnest from April 2009, which culminated in the signing of the Settlement Agreement on 27 May 2010. The purpose of the settlement was to outline a process that was to culminate in the signing of the Collective/Recognition Agreement, which the post office backtracked at the 11th Hour. On 14 February 2011, we got an award aptly titled the “Valentine’s Award”, which was in favour of Sapwu which was giving us certain organizational rights ( Section 12.13 and 15). The post office then took the award under review at the Labour Court, the post office succeeded in setting it ( award ) aside.

We finally signed our 1st Recognition Agreement with the post office on September 1, 2011. This was after we got a second award against the post office granting us organizational rights. The reluctant post office management finally succumbed and gave recognition to Sapwu. Contact us for the Latest post office News!

Aims & Objectives Of SAPAWU

The aims and objectives of SAPAWU (South African Postal Allied Workers Union) and other Post Office Unions are:

1. To regulate relations between members and their employers and to protect and further the interests in

2. To strive for economic and social justice for all workers by means of, regulating relations, negotiating, and settling disputes between workers and employers.

3. To oppose any discrimination in employment and fight for the rights of all workers in any facet of work.

4. To advance the democratic right of every worker.

5. To encourage the settlement of disputes by conciliatory methods.

1. To promote, support, or oppose, as may be deemed expedient, any existing or proposed legislation or other measure affecting the interests of members.

2. To use every legitimate means possible to convince all persons who are eligible for membership to become members.

3. To encourage and unite into a single organization all workers are employed in the industry in South Africa who are eligible to become members of the Union and or to enhance their economic and social welfare.

4. To protect the job security of members, to advance their employment prospects, and generally to do all things that will be in the interest of members in their individual and collective capabilities.

5. To improve the wages, salaries, and terms and conditions of employment of members through collective bargaining and other lawful means.

6. To provide when deemed necessary, legal assistance to members in connection with their employment and related matters.

7. To inculcate a spirit of unity and solidarity amongst all members and workers in the industry and educate members of the Union in the true spirit of family unity, oneness, and solidarity-based on the philosophy of individuality of the workers and their families.

8. To co-operate with the National and International Organization and thereby improve the general standard of living of the workers union

9. To perform other lawful acts as may appear to be in the interest of the Union and its members and oppose acts, which are not consistent with the objective of the union

10. To act, oppose, and negotiate in the matters concerning Unfair Labour Practice.

11. To operate in the name of the Union generally such that a role may be played in the social, economic and political upliftment of the community at large

12. To observe and act in accordance with the spirit and principle of democracy in all Union activities.

SAPWU Is Proud To Wear Our South African Face Masks

Since the national announcement with regards to face masks that needs to be worn daily when in public places, SAPWU took this matter seriously and got to work.

We had face masks made for every member of the SAPWU union that are PROUDLY South African bt also contains our powerful logo of SAPWU. We can now wear these face masks with pride for our country, our union, and in co-operation with the law.

SAPWU wants to set an example to all South Africans of the possibilities if we work together. As the union for the South African Post Office, we want to encourage all employees of the post office countrywide to take this matter seriously, work together, and to make use of the safety provisions in place at all branches.

Remember to frequently wash your hands and stay safe.

SAPWU – Setting an example for our people.

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The South African Post Office Have Over 500 Offices Open

Since the state of the nation address during May 2020, it has been stated that some Post Offices will remain open for certain services that may be conducted includes certain financial transactions such as SASSA grants and to deliver medication during the lockdown period.

However certain branches will be closing from the 06th of April 2020 and those who remain open are deemed essential for these transactions. SAPWU – The South African Postal Workers Union would like all our members to abide by the law and stay safe during this national pandemic.

SAPWU is proud to be the union for the South African Post Office’s employees and therefore urge all our members to be safe during this time, use the methods of prevention like the sanitizers and masks as supplied to you.

We would like to thank all employees of the south african post office for still conducting SASSA grant transactions to ensure these payments to the less privileged and for making the delivery of medicine possible during this time.

SAPWU – The union for the Post Office

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We Look After Our Members Working In The South African Post Office During Lockdown

As all of us knows, the National Lockdown commenced on the 26th of March 2020 at midnight and only essential workers are permitted to work during the lockdown.

The service the south african post office delivers to all members who receive a social grant (SASSA) is one of the essential services that was addressed during the State of the Nation with regards to the 21day lockdown.

Ivumile Nongogo, the acting CEO of the south african post office stated that the decision to provide grants to vulnerable people was excepted as there are many people in South Africa that depend on grants.

The south african post office has a total of 882 branches that have been designated to provide these services during this period. However, the South African Post Office’s services will be limited. Parcel deliveries, mail services and other support operations will be suspended in conformance with the 21day lockdown.

The South African Post Office’s customer services centres will not be available either by telephone or email, and customers are urged to not expect any outstanding deliveries to take place during this time.

Control measures for customers queuing include queue marshalling services during peak hours at busy branches. The south african post office has additionally stated hygiene provisions will be stepped up with sanitisers, gloves, and masks to be provided to retail employees.

As the union for the south african post office, SAPWU requests that all our members take this matter seriously and make use of the hygiene provisions by using the sanitisers, gloves and masks that are provided.

SAPWU wants all our members to be safe during this time as we all have families to return to. Prevention is better than cure.

Follow the guidelines on safe hygiene practice as often as you can. Make use of the hygiene provisions, but also remember to wash your hand regularly.

Hand Washing

  1. Using warm or lukewarm running water, wet your hands and apply soap—
  2. Rub your hands together to make a lather
  3. Keep rubbing your hands together, taking special precaution to wash your thumbs and the back of your hands.
  4. Interlock fingers and wash well in between
  5. Rinse your hands well.
  6. Dry your hands, using a clean paper towel or allowing your hands to air dry.

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