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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.

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!

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