Union members demand better working conditions

2016-07-13 06:00
Popcru members during the march to the Pietermaritzburg Correctional Services regional office.    PHOTO: nokuthula             khanyile

Popcru members during the march to the Pietermaritzburg Correctional Services regional office. PHOTO: nokuthula khanyile

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

HUNDREDS of Police and Prison Civil Rights Union (Popcru) members painted the streets of Pietermaritzburg red last Thursday as they marched to the Department of Correctional Services regional office in College Road.

They handed over a memorandum of demands, including that they were working under bad conditions, from correctional services workers, SAPS members and Road Traffic Inspectorate officers.

The workers are demanding, among other issues, payment of outstanding overtime since 2009, that all vacant posts at lower levels be filled, the maximum safety of police officers and the nationalisation of the traffic department.

Addressing the crowd, Popcru KZN chairperson, Jeff Dladla, said the march was a “warning shot” to the various departments concerned.

“We are giving you seven days to respond to the demands of these workers from all over the province, failing which all hell will break loose.

“We are tired of remaining in the same rank for years without promotions with only a selected few getting promoted and members on the ground getting nothing.”

Dladla said the state, as the employer, should be aware and take responsibility when workers are unhappy.

“We want transformation in the SAPS, we do not want that coconut Phahlane reversing the work that has been done. Police officers are getting killed every day and no one cares, we are tired of [paying] lip service and want to see action.

“We want leadership to meet with us to discuss interventions of stopping police killings.”

Popcru also demanded special dispensation for members with eight years and above service in the same rank in their department.

“We want the abolishment of unconstitutional structures – clusters and regions - and to root out racism elements. We are tired of our members being racially excluded at police stations like Brighton Beach, Wentworth and Durban Central.

“[The] Time for dictation is over, implement policies as they are.”

Members also called for an end to unilateral implementation of decisions by management.

“The Department of Labour is clear that no member should be suspended without pay and we want to know why we have members who are on suspension, and who are not getting paid.”

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
PARTNER CONTENT
INFOGRAPHIC: New thinking required for retirement

Everything we believe about retirement is fast becoming outdated.

PARTNER CONTENT
WATCH: How education can change a life

A university education gives students the chance to create a better future for themselves, their families and to opportunity achieve their dreams.

/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
Traffic
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.