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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.

SAPWU – The Union for the South African Post Office

The South African Post Office (SAPO) Shut Down

The south african post office (SAPO) shut down mail to and from Asia because of the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

No doubt the Coronavirus (COVID-19) has everyone in a state of panic. And with this announcement from the south african post office (SAPO), delivering and receiving mail from countries like China, Malaysia, Indonesia, Taiwan, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Bangladesh and Kuala Lumpur, might be delayed until such time that suitable arrangements can be made with the airlines. Packages that is meant for South Africa, will be delayed, but not lost.

Airlines are not allowed to fly in or out of these countries due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the risk of spreading the virus further.

As the union for the south african post office (SAPO) known as SAPWU, we request all of our members and fellow South Africans to take extra precaution during this time. Take the precautions as given by the Department of Health and the Health Minister.

Clean hands frequently with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water

Cover nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing with tissue or flexed elbow

Avoid close contact (1 metre or 3 feet) with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms

SAPWU- We care about our members.

SAPWU – South African Postal Workers Union.

SAPWU – Members First, Today And Always

SAPWU firmly believes that its members should come first. Not just today, but always. At SAPWU our aim is to be able to represent every employee of the post office and the courier industry to our full potential.

SAPWU’s primary objectives are to improve the conditions of service and protect the interests of its members, individually and collectively, in relation to their employers and otherwise, and generally to raise their status. Operating in the South African Postal sector, SAPWU identifies with members employed within the postal industry. It also encouraged sound employer-employee relationships. The intention of the ethics is to regulate conflict as peacefully and constructively as possible by endeavouring to settle disputes by conciliatory methods.

Not a member of the SAPWU family yet? Join today. The application is easy, and the necessary forms are on our website, for your convenience.

The application procedure for becoming a member of SAPWU is as follow:

1. Workers must apply for the SA Post Office Union membership to the Branch Executive committee with jurisdiction over the area where they are employed.

2. The Branch Executive Committee may reject any application if it is of the opinion that the worker is not a fit and proper person to be a member of the union.

3. If there is no functioning Branch Executive Committee then the application must be directly sent to the Regional Secretary / General Secretary.

Contact us for more information regarding our SA post office union, SAPWU. Join SAPWU today – we fight for your rights.

Why You Should Join Our Union - SAPWU

SAPWU has many benefits to offer. The union’s scope for all our members are:

1. Representations for internal disciplinary hearings
2. Representations in grievance hearings
3. Representations at CCMA and Labour Court
4. Funeral Benefits (Cover) to the value of R 10,000-00
5. Bargaining on behalf of members
6. Representation at strategic company forums
7. Salary Increase of 7%
8. Collective bargaining on behalf of members
9. Salary Backdate to 1st April
10. Increase in transport allowance
11. Increase in housing subsidy
12. Job security
13. Reinstatement of accidental death cover

SAPWU has the following structures in place in order to ensure that no employee will have to make decisions on his/her own: 

1. Shop steward Committees at the workplace
2. BOB Branch Office Bearer
3. BEC Branch Executive Committee
4. BC Branch Congress
5. ROB Regional Office Bearer
6. REC Regional Executive Committee
7. RC Regional Congress
8. NOB National Office Bearer
9. NEC National Executive Committee
10. CEC Central Executive Committee
11. NC National Congress

The powers of these structures are defined in this Constitution. Subject to this constitution, a decision of a higher structure is binding on all lower structures falling under its jurisdiction.

Rights and obligations of the members:

The members' rights and obligations of SAPWU are set out in the SAPWU constitution and are determined by the constitutional structures of the Workers Unions In South Africa from time to time. The post office unions may not unfairly discriminate against any member or applicant for membership. Every member must observe the provisions of this Constitution and lawful decisions of any structure of the Union and any Federation to which the Union belongs and must not act in a way that is detrimental or prejudicial to the interests of the Workers Unions In South Africa and to its members.

How do I become a member of SAPWU?

Every employee of the South African Postal Office can download the application form directly from our website. The procedure works as follows:

The Regional Executive Committee is responsible for deciding whether a specific person can become a SAPWU member or not.

1. Workers must apply for Union membership to the Branch Executive committee with jurisdiction over the area where they are employed.
2. The Branch Executive Committee may reject any application if it is of the opinion that the worker is not a fit and proper person to be a SAPWU member of the union.
3. If there is no functioning Branch Executive Committee then the application must be directly sent to the Regional Secretary / General Secretary.

Contact SAPWU today for any further enquiries with regards to membership as well as benefits we have to offer.

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