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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.

What Does SAPWU Stand For?

Discrimination in the workplace has been on the rise in the last 15 years. And therefor, SAPWU decided to take a stand for our people.

On the 8th August 2008 in Kwaggasrand (Pretoria) a decision was taken that we start a formal registration process of the south african postal workers union (SAPWU) with the Department of Labour.

An example of discrimination in the workplace includes when an employer, supervisor, or co-worker treats another employee unfairly based on religion, age, ethnicity, gender, disability, skin colour, or race.

SAPWU decided to take a stand and fight for the rights of the workers of the south african postal Workers and incorporate a long-term plan to stop discrimination in the workplace. Our aim is to:

  • To oppose any discrimination in employment and fight for the rights of all workers in any facet of work.
  • To use every legitimate means possible to convince all persons who are eligible for membership to become members.
  • To act, oppose and negotiate in the matters concerning Unfair Labour Practice.

These aims of SAPWU are to just to name a few.  Not a member of SAPAWU yet? The application process is easy for all employees in the postal service. The forms for application is downloadable on our website.

SAPWU – Fighting for your rights.

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