The Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU) stands firmly behind the ongoing Chemical, Energy, Paper, Printing, Wood and Allied Workers Union (CEPPWAWU) strike for a living wage and a minimum wage of R8000 plus a shift allowance.

It can never be that at all material times, employees’ rational demands for a better living wage are compromised in the midst of decreasing living conditions our country finds itself, while these companies continue making huge profits which serve to increase salaries and bonuses of the top management alone.

We call on employers to be rational when dealing with such issues and accede to this justified demand of a 9% wage increase as most of these workers are already earning less that the input value they contribute towards the success of these companies. This, we believe, will go a long way in uplifting the living conditions of their dependants and society in general in attaining an equitable economic growth for society.

We call on all workers to go out and vote the African National Congress (ANC) in entrenching the hard-won rights of workers, including trade union workplace organising, collective bargaining, equal pay for equal work, health and safety, affirmative action, skills development, the right to strike, and the right to peaceful protest.

We are in solidarity with these workers as their hardships are ours. Forward to a decent living wage!

Issued by POPCRU on 02/08/2016

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