Sapu gives Concourt strike judgment thumbs up

2011-06-10 09:21

The SA Police Union (Sapu) has welcomed the Constitutional Court’s ruling that employees of the SA Police Service (SAPS) who are not full-time police officers can take part in industrial action.

“We commend the Constitutional Court’s ruling as it affirms what Sapu has always believed in, that employees in the SAPS employed under the Public Servants Act have been taken for a ride by the SAPS management when they were deprived of their democratic right to strike,” general secretary Oscar Skommere said in a statement.

In terms of the ruling SAPS staff employed under the SAPS Act were deemed essential staff and their right to strike was limited.

Those employed under the Public Servants Act, such as civilians working for the SAPS, did not have the same limitation.

Sapu said the ruling would also apply to the department of correctional services, various traffic departments and metropolitan police departments.

“Our point of departure has been not all employees in the police establishment are working for an essential service.

“We hope the SAPS management will learn to understand that workers have a democratic and constitutional right to be organised and participate in legal activities within their workplace.”

The ruling came about after a dispute between the police and the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru).

The police had tried to appeal an earlier Labour Appeal Court ruling in favour of Popcru, but the Constitutional Court dismissed its appeal. 

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