Cops, warders will not strike

2010-08-30 20:05

Johannesburg - Police and prisons officials will not strike with other public servants at present, in accordance with interim interdicts issued by the Labour Court in Johannesburg on Monday, their union said.

"We will respect the order," said Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru) spokesperson Norman Mampane.

The Labour court handed down two interim interdicts - one preventing union members at the Department of Correctional Services from striking. The other preventing police officers from striking.

The orders were made in terms of the Labour Relations Act which prevents striking by essential services workers.

The prisons interim interdict will be heard on September 30 where a final ruling will be made and the police interim interdict will be made on October 21.

Correctional Services National Commissioner Tom Moyane welcomed the news saying this meant that members could not encourage other members to strike, or instigate a strike.

The department had also decided to put a moratorium on granting new leave during the strike and wanted line managers to speed up disciplinary processes against 52 of the department's 41 000 employees which were instituted on Monday.

Government and union representatives are going into a new round of talks on Monday in the hopes of resolving the dispute.