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SAPS 10111 strike resumes immediately - SAFTU expected to join in

Aug 4, 2017
SAPS 10111 strike resumes immediately - SAFTU expected to join in

Around 5 000 South African Police Union (SAPU) -aligned 10111 call centre operators have again resumed their strike for higher salaries with immediate effect, the SAPU announced on Thursday.

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

SAPU says that workers at the 10111 call centre are among the lowest paid in the call centre industry. It also said that the strike is protected, however the employer might institute a no-work no-pay policy. 

This has renewed fears of a crisis as the 10111 line is used by members of the public to report crimes, emergencies or to provide police investigators with leads on cases.

SAPU general secretary Oscar Skommere told reporters that they have been fighting a losing battle with SAPS management after temporarily suspending their initial strike almost three weeks ago.

"We hoped that CCMA intervention would give us a good outcome, but we were not getting what we thought we would. The response from SAPS was not positive," he said on Thursday.

However, the operators are employed under the Public Service Act and are not considered an essential service.

SAPU said that should their demands not be met by next week, the 10111 strike will be joined by all members of the newly-formed South African Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu), which is led by Zwelinzima Vavi.

Police officers were ropped in to fill the empty stations at the call centres the last time.

Meanwhile, police in the Eastern Cape announced then that the four SAPS 10111 centres in the Eastern Cape (Mthatha, Port Elizabeth, Queenstown and East London) were running efficiently as advance notification were received about the labour action planned.