Popcru members gather in Johannesburg

2013-05-30 10:37
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Popcru members march for higher wages

Members of union Popcru gathered across the country to protest against police salary grades.

Johannesburg - More than 200 Popcru members showed up at Mary Fitzgerald Square for a protest march on Thursday.

They held up black and red posters stating "Away with apartheid salary structures", and "We demand equal pay for work of equal value".

The crowd began singing and dancing.

A handful of SA Police Service officers were monitoring the gathering.

Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru) Gauteng provincial secretary Matsemela Matsemela said they were waiting for more members to arrive in buses coming from other parts of the province.

"We are waiting for the other buses; at 10:00 everyone will be briefed. We will be marching to the Johannesburg central police station to hand over a memorandum to provincial commissioner Lieutenant General Mzwandile Petros."

Popcru members in all provinces, except Mpumalanga, are taking to the streets to demand that SAPS honour an agreement to change administrative staff salary grades.

Other protest marches

Protests marches were held in various cities around the country on Wednesday.

The union said earlier this week it expected about 42 000 people employed as administrative staff at police stations and 10111 call centre operators to take part in the nationwide protests.

In Cape Town on Wednesday, the Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) warned that all police officials would be told to strike if a salary grading agreement was not implemented.

Cosatu Western Cape provincial secretary Tony Ehrenreich told about 300 marchers that national police commissioner Riah Phiyega was not abiding by the law.

"Phiyega has a responsibility to make sure that these agreements are implemented... In this country, we have rules and we have laws. The workers must always follow the laws," he said.

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