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Too thin for the blue line: Cops mull strike as unions spurn public wage offer

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Unions representing police officers could consider strike action in protest agains government's public service wage offer. This could cause a massive security capacity headache for the government, which is on high alert for instances of widespread unrest similar to that seen in July last year.

The Cosatu-affiliated Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru) and the South African Policing Union (SAPU) have both rejected government's 3% wage offer, along with the National Union of Public Service and Allied Workers (Nupsaw). SAPU is affiliated with the South African Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu).

Since mid-August, Popcru has been planning a march to the Union Buildings, which is set to take place later this month, along with lunch-hour pickets in protest against government's wage offers.

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