Sanral not concerned by postal strike

JOBURG- A week after the launch of e-tolling on Gauteng highways the contentious and long delayed system faces another hurdle.

Postal workers have gone on strike following unsuccessful salary negotiations, which could impact Sanral’s issuing of invoices by post to defaulting e-toll users.

Last week, media reported that post office workers vowed to delay the delivery of invoices and notices of demand to non-compliant e-toll users.

According to Times Live, the Communications Workers’ Union had urged its members to delay processing Sanral’s mail.

However, the union’s acting secretary general, Thabo Mogalane said its members in Gauteng had been on a go-slow and had since embarked on a strike solely to address their salary demands and related matters.

“Our strike has no agenda and we are not targeting any specific companies,” he said.

According to Sanral’s spokesman Vusi Mona the road agency had not been officially informed of the strike but was aware of media reports regarding the action.

Mona said the agency was not overly concerned about the postal worker’s action, adding that “the legal obligation to pay for use of the e-tolled road does not arise out of receipt of an invoice but from the use of the road”.

“The majority of e-toll account holders have opted to receive their e-toll invoices and statements by electronic means.”

However, he said Sanral hoped the parties involved will find a speedy resolution to the labour dispute.

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