Popcru march tomorrow

2013-05-28 00:00

THE Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru) says it will take to the streets tomorrow over the police service’s failure to implement an agreement reached to improve the salaries of the department’s administrative personnel.

Popcru provincial secretary Kwenza Nxele said yesterday that the union would march to force police management to implement the agreement reached about 10 years ago.

The marchers would include 10111 call centre operators, clerks, administrative staff in police stations and other employees in support services employed through the Public Service Act.

“They are the worst-off employees within the civil service in respect of what they are receiving in salaries,” said Nxele.

Entry-level administrative staff currently earn less than R100 000 a year, he said.

Nxele said it was also agreed that administrative staff employed through the Public Service Act should receive salaries and benefits equivalent to those of police officers, but this had also not been implemented.

“We are going to the streets to express our dissatisfaction,” he said.

Nxele said further action was planned should tomorrow’s march not yield any results.

National police spokesperson Brigadier Phuti Setati said negotiations with the unions were ongoing.

“Efforts are being made to avert the industrial action.”

He said the impact of the march on service delivery could not be predicted.

“We will cross that bridge when we get there. They are not on strike at the moment. We might not even get there,” Setati said.


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