Union members demand better working conditions

2016-07-13 06:00
Popcru members during the march to the Pietermaritzburg Correctional Services regional office.    PHOTO: nokuthula             khanyile

Popcru members during the march to the Pietermaritzburg Correctional Services regional office. PHOTO: nokuthula khanyile

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HUNDREDS of Police and Prison Civil Rights Union (Popcru) members painted the streets of Pietermaritzburg red last Thursday as they marched to the Department of Correctional Services regional office in College Road.

They handed over a memorandum of demands, including that they were working under bad conditions, from correctional services workers, SAPS members and Road Traffic Inspectorate officers.

The workers are demanding, among other issues, payment of outstanding overtime since 2009, that all vacant posts at lower levels be filled, the maximum safety of police officers and the nationalisation of the traffic department.

Addressing the crowd, Popcru KZN chairperson, Jeff Dladla, said the march was a “warning shot” to the various departments concerned.

“We are giving you seven days to respond to the demands of these workers from all over the province, failing which all hell will break loose.

“We are tired of remaining in the same rank for years without promotions with only a selected few getting promoted and members on the ground getting nothing.”

Dladla said the state, as the employer, should be aware and take responsibility when workers are unhappy.

“We want transformation in the SAPS, we do not want that coconut Phahlane reversing the work that has been done. Police officers are getting killed every day and no one cares, we are tired of [paying] lip service and want to see action.

“We want leadership to meet with us to discuss interventions of stopping police killings.”

Popcru also demanded special dispensation for members with eight years and above service in the same rank in their department.

“We want the abolishment of unconstitutional structures – clusters and regions - and to root out racism elements. We are tired of our members being racially excluded at police stations like Brighton Beach, Wentworth and Durban Central.

“[The] Time for dictation is over, implement policies as they are.”

Members also called for an end to unilateral implementation of decisions by management.

“The Department of Labour is clear that no member should be suspended without pay and we want to know why we have members who are on suspension, and who are not getting paid.”


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