Solidarity scores win in Saps equity plan

2014-10-09 15:22
National police commissioner Riah Phiyega. (Werner Beukes, Sapa)

National police commissioner Riah Phiyega. (Werner Beukes, Sapa)

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Johannesburg - The SA Police Service has conceded that Solidarity's application to be involved in consultation on the Saps's employment equity plan for 2015 to 2019 is urgent, the trade union said on Thursday.

"The Saps's concession that the case is urgent is an important step forward," deputy general secretary Johan Kruger said in a statement.

"We have consistently maintained that it is urgent because consultation with other trade unions and Saps structures on the proposed plan is commencing on 28 October already."

The concession was made together with an application by the Saps's lawyers to postpone the case to 23 October.

Police spokesperson Solomon Makgale could not immediately be reached for comment.

Solidarity is challenging the police minister, the Saps, the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union, and the SA Policing Union in the Labour Court in a bid to obtain a court order allowing the union to consult on the Saps's employment equity plan.

"We believe we have strong grounds to bring the application," Kruger said.

"It is clear to us that Popcru and Sapu, the two recognised police trade unions that have been involved in the drafting of the current employment equity plan, are not prepared to represent the interests of police members from minority and non-designated groups."

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