JMPD court order bars officers from joining strike

2015-12-23 15:41


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Johannesburg – The Johannesburg metro police department has obtained a court interdict barring on-duty officers from joining a strike by licensing centre officials, due to start on Thursday.

"The restraining order will remain in force until 28 December 2015, when the labour court will make a ruling in relation to the current strike concerning staff at licensing and testing stations in Johannesburg," Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar said on Wednesday.

The SA Municipal Workers Union-affiliated workers went on strike earlier this month. It was suspended when the city of Johannesburg obtained a court order.

The union then secured another certificate, which gave it permission to strike from December 24. Cashiers, examiners and administrative staff were all expected to take part.

Samwu spokesperson Jack Mokalapa said officers affiliated with the union would also join the strike. 

Mokalapa said their main gripe was salary progression and allowances which, he claimed, were not being paid to staff.

Should no resolution be reached by the end of the year, they would "hang in there for as long as possible".

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