CWU Gauteng Press Statement

25 October 2012

The Communication Workers Union (CWU) Gauteng will be marching to the SA Post Office regional offices in Braamfontein on 29 October 2012 with regards to issues of unlawful reversal of union membership and unilateral implementation of salary increase of a mere 6% as opposed to the Union’s demand of 15% across the board without substantive negotiations taking place.

CWU is also against the two tier labour structure that was established after a successful battle for removal of labour brokers in the company. The company introduced the fix term contracts that subjected workers to inferior salaries of R24 per hour without any further benefits.

CWU has a long standing agreement of 2005 that says “all workers should be converted to permanent post”. The maladministration, deep-seated corruption and poor running of the company is as a result of the reigning incompetence of Group Executives especially Mr Diaz Maphutha. We demand that they be removed.

The march will proceed to the South African Music Rights Organisation (SAMRO) where a memorandum will be handed to the Group CEO. In the main the union demands the re-instatement of the 13th Cheque as per the standing dispute at CCMA. The union strongly believe that funds that are allocated into two coffers of SAMRO namely “no society account” and “undocumented work account” which harbours over R200 million, which is a gain through the sweat and toil of workers (artist/musicians) – these funds are used for other activities (unknown to the public) instead of music and art developments. Furthermore the SAMRO is an institute that oversees our national heritage (music) therefore it cannot be privatised and we demand that it be in the hands of the state.

The march will be joined by the SACP and the YCL in Gauteng and COSATU provincial leadership.

Contact:
Aubrey Tshabalala, Gauteng Provincial Secretary – 0829948196
Or
Matankana Mothapo, National Spokesperson - 0827590900