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Police officers manning line as 10111 workers go on strike over wages

Jul 19, 2017
Police officers manning line as 10111 workers go on strike over wages

The South African Police Service says it has made contingency plans to ensure its 10111 service remains operational as around 5 000 workers manning the 24-hour line embark on a strike on Wednesday.

The 10111 line is used by members of the public to report crimes, emergencies or to provide police investigators with leads on cases.

According to the South African Police Union (SAPU) the workers decided to embark on a strike after wage talks with the employer dead-locked.

The workers reportedly want the SAPS to increase their current salary level from level 5 to level 7 - an estimated increase of R50 000 per annum.

The union said that workers at the 10111 call centre are among the lowest paid in the call centre industry.

SAPU said the strike is protected, however the employer might institute a no-work no-pay policy. 

Meanwhile, police officers are understood to have been ropped in to fill the empty stations at the call centre.