Sack our leaders, say Popcru members

2009-08-06 00:00

POLICE and Prison Civil Rights Union (Popcru) members want their leadership to be replaced and the occupation-specific dispensation (OSD) agreement, which was signed on their behalf, to be nullified as they believe it was “signed in bad faith”.

This emerged during their provincial march in Durban yesterday, which began at the Curries Fountain and ended at the Durban City Hall, where they handed a memorandum of grievances to Cosatu. They said that, depending on whether their grievances are resolved, this is a prelude to a national march by Popcru members.

The members said the OSD agreement has left them worse off.

They said they are still puzzled by why the union signed the agreement, because it is not in their best interest and it compromises them.

As source who wished to remain anonymous said that under the new agreement, they will be working more hours for less pay.

“Previously I worked 40 hours a week and was paid R120 000 per annum, but according to this new OSD agreement, I will work 45 hours a week and earn R113 000 per annum. This clearly means they will be taking money from us.”

The source said that when they asked the leaders about the unfavourable changes in the new agreement, they said the members will recover the money when they retire.

“They said that every five years we will get an increase, and our question is, what about now? There is a recession and there is inflation — how are we supposed to survive?”

Zet Luzipho, the secretary-general of Cosatu in KwaZulu-Natal, confirmed that he had received the memorandum. He said the complaints by the members were something internal that would be dealt with internally.

“Like in any other union, if the members are not happy they raise their concerns and they will be dealt with efficiently.”

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