In terms of Section 150 of the Labour Relations Act (LRA) the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU) met with the CCMA on Saturday, 29 July 2017 in trying to resolve the 10111 strike that was prematurely sanctioned by SAPU.
We have entered into a settlement that says the matter must go back to the Safety and Security Sectoral Bargaining Council (SSSBC) for negotiation, where it was being engaged on in the first place before members were misled into striking, which, in line with this settlement, proves to have indeed been a premature, wasteful exercise that was bound to waste workers’ time and resources.
We agreed with the employer, in front of the CCMA and SAPU, to go back to negotiations and for SAPU to call off the strike with immediate effect as of Saturday 29 July 2017, and call on all its members to go back to work.
POPCRU has been proven correct all along. We can never be pushed into a populist mode by those who use members for their own selfish ends, hence we stuck to our commitment to continue with the process of negotiation, and thank all our members who heeded to our call not to go to the streets.
We call on all public servants in the South African Police Service (SAPS) in all categories (security, groundsmen, food-aid workers, dog breeders, switchboard operators, 10111 members, cleaners, those who are at Level 5 and Level 6 who were not upgraded) to note that POPCRU is committed towards ensuring that what we started in 2013, we will finish now. Because we are at negotiations, a product that will cover all public servants will be achieved.
We plead with members to give us time and not to be misled by those who are hell-bent on promoting individual profiles in the midst of challenges faced by workers.