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Post Office rightsizing would see some 22% of workforce slashed

The SA Post Office (Sapo) is to be radically right-sized with about 22% of its workforce due to be offered early retirement, retrenchment or new posts in other parts of the organisation.

However, the buy-in of the relevant trade unions has not yet been secured and will be critical for success. Simo Lushaba, the administrator appointed last year to put the loss-making state entity back on its feet, said on Tuesday about 5,065 of the 23,820 posts, some of which are vacant, would have to go as part of the entity’s turnaround plan. This could save about R728m. About 1,807 employees qualify for early retirement. He told members of Parliament’s telecommunications and postal services portfolio committee that Sapo would engage with the trade unions on the right-sizing plans.

SA Postal and Allied Workers’ Union (Sapawu) general secretary David Mangena said the matter had been raised with the union, not necessarily as retrenchments but as a rationalisation of posts. Sapawu would not support the broader turnaround strategy if retrenchments went ahead, he indicated. Communication Workers Union (CWU) general secretary Aubrey Tshabalala said the union might table its own strategy to the committee and that the issue of the job cuts was a "cut and paste" from previous turnaround strategies.



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