Popcru members gather for march

2013-05-29 12:08
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Cape Town - A march over police salary grades on Wednesday would shut down essential support services in the Western Cape, a Popcru official said.

"We will shut down every [police] support service in the Western Cape... That includes human resources, finance and supply chain management," Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union Western Cape secretary Mncedisi Mbolekwa told Sapa.

Around 300 police administrative staff sang and danced in central Cape Town on Wednesday morning ahead of the march. It was set to start at 11:30 and end at the provincial police building in Green Point.

Pay level upgrades

Union members, dressed in red and yellow, sang and danced while police officers in around five vehicles looked on.

Some people blew vuvuzelas, and one carried a sign with the words: "Top management must adhere to agreement or face war. Away with low wages".

Other signs read: "Popcru rescue us from this SAPS madness", "SAPS is worse than apartheid" and "Why should we beg?"

At one point the crowd sang: "Is this dog, Phiyega? She is taking our rights from us." Riah Phiyega is the national police commissioner.

Staff were protesting over the safety and security sectoral bargaining council agreement signed in 2011, which had apparently not yet been implemented.

The agreement contains provisions related to pay level upgrades and career path planning.

Congress of SA Trade Unions marshals would lead the march

Durban march

Meanwhile, hundreds of Popcru members gathered at the King Dinuzulu Gardens in Durban ahead of the march.

Popcru members carried placards which read: "Away with level three salaries for 20 years," and "Away with slavery packages".

Another stated "We demand equal pay for work of equal pay".

The protesters were wearing red and yellow T-shirts and singing ANC songs.

They were expected to march to the police provincial headquarters in Durban.

 

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