About 42 000 police administrative staff will protest this week to demand that the SA Police Service (SAPS) honour an agreement to change their salary grades.
Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru) general secretary Nkosinathi Theledi said today its members had mandated it to lead marches in all provinces across the country.
“Popcru demands that the employer implements an agreement signed in 2011 at the Safety and Security Sectoral Bargaining Council, which states that public-service employees should be translated (sic) into the SAPS Act,” he said.
“(This would) ensure that they are eligible for the vast benefits currently enjoyed by their colleagues in uniform.”
The marchers would include the 10111-number call centre operators, clerks, administrative staff in all police stations, and other support services.
Theledi said members told the union “they have had enough of SAPS undermining their worth”.
He said members would march in KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Free State, Northern Cape, Eastern Cape, and Western Cape on Wednesday.
Marches would also be held in Gauteng on Thursday and on June 7 in North West.
Theledi said Popcru members had waited for more than a decade to have their salary levels upgraded.
“This includes levels under level five, which the department of public service ... ordered SAPS and other public-service departments to adjust administrative staff to,” he said.
“The SAPS has repeatedly cited lack of funds ... by the government of the day to improve the salaries of these workers.”
He said memorandums would be handed over at provincial SAPS offices.