10111 strike: Court dismisses urgent interdict application

2017-10-19 21:24
Protesting 10111 call centre workers. (File: Jaco Marais, Gallo Images, Die Burger)

Protesting 10111 call centre workers. (File: Jaco Marais, Gallo Images, Die Burger)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Johannesburg – The Labour Court in Johannesburg has dismissed an urgent application by the South African Policing Union (SAPU) to interdict the SAPS from taking disciplinary action against their members working at the 10111 call centres who have embarked on an unprotected strike.  

The application was dismissed with costs, spokesperson Colonel Athlenda Mathe said in a statement on Thursday, adding that the SAPS welcomed the court's decision. 

She said the court stated that it could not be approached as a point of first instance following the signing of a collective agreement in the Safety and Security Sectoral Bargaining Council (SSSBC) by the SAPS and the majority union, Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru), on September 13 and the subsequent referral of a dispute by SAPU to the bargaining council.

Mathe said the court had highlighted that the union should have approached it as a last resort after exhausting the SSSBC process.

She said the court also confirmed that the SAPS was within its rights following the signing of the agreement and "subsequent ultimatum given to employees to return to work by no later than September 29 or face disciplinary action".

Employees urged to return to work

Mathe said the SAPS would proceed with internal disciplinary procedures in accordance with its disciplinary regulations and that commanders of all 10111 call centres would be instructed as such.

"As a way of ensuring that we continue to ensure that the people of South Africa are and feel safe, the SAPS has, since the commencement of the strike, set contingency plans in place to avoid the disruption of services at all its 10111 call centres nationwide."

The SAPS called on 10111 call centre employees to report for duty.

READ: Our families are suffering - striking 10111 workers

However, SAPU president Mpho Kwinika told News24 that the union was not disappointed that its urgent application was dismissed.

"We are very happy, we are ecstatic... when we approached the court, we did not approach them on the basis that they will be able to grant what they call a 'declarator' on whether the strike is protected and legal. We knew that the Labour Court does not have jurisdiction over that matter."

He said the judge could not rule whether the strike was legal or not pending the dispute that was lodged by SAPU against the agreement signed by SAPS and Popcru. 

"I am happy that now the public will know the truth that the strike is legal and protected pending the resolving of the dispute by SSSBC."

Kwinika added that the union was also happy with the fact that the court's doors were open to it should the dispute not be resolved by the SSSBC.

KEEP UPDATED on the latest news by subscribing to our FREE newsletter.

- FOLLOW News24 on Twitter

News24 (@News24) | Twitter

The latest Tweets from News24 (@News24). News24 is Southern Africa and Africa's premier online news resource reaching over 2.3 million local users each month.

Read more on:    saps  |  johannesburg  |  labour disputes

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Jobs in Western Cape region


Cape Town
Mass Staffing Projects
R400 000.00 - R600 000.00 Per Year

Visual Merchandiser

Cape Town
Forever New South Africa
R6 000.00 - R7 000.00 Per Month

Software Engineer

Cape Town
Tumaini Consulting
R720 000.00 - R960 000.00 Per Year

Property [change area]

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.