Sapu calls for intervention at OR Tambo

2013-06-13 18:53
OR Tambo airport (File, AFP)

OR Tambo airport (File, AFP)

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Johannesburg - Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa should intervene in a labour crisis at Johannesburg's OR Tambo International Airport, the SA Policing Union (Sapu) said on Thursday.

"We have noted some incidents of bullying and intimidation by police management after 11 lieutenant colonels were ordered to report to the provincial police head office in Parktown," the union said.

Most OR Tambo police managers were either members of the rival Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru), or sympathised with it, Sapu provincial secretary Lesego Ntlatleng said.

As a result, they could not differentiate between their office and personal preferences.

Popcru was not immediately available for comment.

Ntlatleng said Sapu would defend its right to exist.

"We remain optimistic that minister Mthethwa will not fall into the trap of sympathising with an affiliated Cosatu union simply because it belongs to Cosatu," Ntlatleng said.

"He must show some level of maturity and leadership. He is a police minister, not a Popcru minister. The time for managers in the SAPS who are favouring unions at the expense of others is over," she said.

Ntlatleng said Sapu had consulted its lawyers, and would seek an interdict on Friday to stop the removal of the 11 lieutenant colonels from OR Tambo International Airport.

Their representatives would decide which court to approach.

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