Warders threaten to march for their rights

2016-04-21 06:00

The Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU) in the Western Cape has resolved to march against unfair labour practices in the Department of Correctional Services.

Popcru general secretary Mncedisi Mbolekwa told City Vision that union members were “frustrated” by a lot of things.

“There is a lack of promotion policy and they are failing to pay members the second phase occupation specific dispensation (OSD) that was agreed upon some six years ago,” he said.

Mbolekwa spoke to City Vision after the provincial shopsteward council and political school held at Fountains Hotel over the weekend.

He said they would mobilise their 21 000 members to take part in the march.

He said they would they would give regional Commissioner of Correctional Services 14 days to respondto their grievances failing which they will declare march.

“There are many unresolved challenges at the Department of Correctional Services, they have left us with no choice but embark on a programme of action that will culminate in a full-blown strike.

“Other workers such as police and teachers have clear promotion policies but at correctional services members on the ground are frustrated because of lack of promotion. We say enough is enough.”

The union will request a meeting with Western Cape Premier Hellen Zille to discuss claims made by Cosatu that “she will not respect equity act.”

“Equity Act is a law and the premier is a government employee and there is no way that she cannot implement the law,” Mbolekwa added.

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