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What is the meaning of SAPWU?

SAPWU was specifically designed to work for our employees, to strive for equality of all our members, yearly salary increases, job security and so much more. 

Becoming a member of SAPWU has never been easier.  By completing a short registration form, you too can have the benefits you deserve as a South African Postal Office Worker or if you are in the courier industry.  SAPWU offers all our members great benefits.  Some of which include but are not limited to:

  • Funeral Cover – SAPWU offers our members funeral cover of up to R10 000.00 in your time of need, SAPWU has got you covered. The beneficiaries will be their immediate families (member’s children and wife/s only)No other relatives shall benefit.
  • Yearly Salary Increase - Salary review takes place annually, typically during the month of July and becomes effective on the 1st September of each year.
  • Housing allowance – Permanently employed staff of SAPWU will qualify for a housing allowance which will be determent by the union.
  • Bargaining on behalf of members – According to the Constitutional Documentation of SAPWU, we will bargain on behalf of our members. -  3.1.14 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 any other matter specifically provided for in this constitution.
  • Job Security - 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.
  • Transport Allowance – Transport by means of public transport such as bus or taxi’s will be refunded by the South African Postal Service as an employer of the employee. Using own transport to attend meeting and so forth, will only be credited to the driver of the vehicle and not to the people who accompany the driver of the said vehicle.

These benefits are to name just a few.  Become a member of SAPWU today and let them act on your behalf.  With benefits reaching far beyond your ordinary unions and minimal monthly fees you can reap all the benefits as listed above and so much more.  Choose SAPWU, the union that fights for your rights.

The Role of a Postal Worker

There might be a few people that are looking down to a postal worker, but without the role of a postal worker, there is no flow in the postal office.

The role of a postal worker has a few tasks that have to be attended to. A few of these tasks consists of the following:

- Collecting letters and parcels
- Sorting incoming letters and parcels
- Sell stamps and other postal products
- Get the customers to sign for registered, certified and insured mail
- Operate various postal equipment
- Distribute incoming mail from postal trucks

So, understanding the role of a postal worker is a crucial point to have appreciation for a postal worker and here at SAPWU, we make every postal worker count!

Why register with us

SAPWU is a union between the South African Post Office and the Department of Labour, called the South African Postal Workers Union. This union was formed as an alternative trade union that captures the essence of a postal and courier worker.

There are a few benefits when you register with us. When you register with us as a postal worker,  you will be under our protection. We do our best to regulate relations between the member that register with us and their employers. The postal workers or the courier members have a protected job security and we strive to advance their employment prospects.

So, register with us today! You won't regret it!

Importance of postal workers

As a SA Postal Workers Union, we have numerous amounts of postal workers that make sure that you receive your mail in time. Our SA postal workers union would like to share what every postal worker does.

Mail is received and sorted, dispatched and distributed through all the employees working at the Post Office and without them, we won’t be able to send or receive any mail or items.

The post office has the following staff:
Service Clerks - Sells stamps and help people pickup packages, as well as assist with any other services.
Mail sorters - These employees are in charge of sorting out the mail so that it can go the correct places
Mail carriers - Can also be called a mail carrier, mailman, postal carrier, postman/postwoman or a letter carrier. This person is an employee of the postal service who delivers mail to residences and / or businesses.
Postmaster - The head of a particular post office. Responsibilities include management of a centralised mail distribution facility, establishment of letter carrier routes, supervision of letter carriers and enforcement of an organization’s rules & procedures.
Postmaster General - Also called a chief executive officer of the postal services of that particular country and oversees all the postmasters. A Postmaster General is responsible for an entire mail distribution organization which is usually sponsored by the national government.

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