Popcru distances itself from 10111 protest


Members of Popcru gathered in Newtown to march against police killings.

JOHANNESBURG –The Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru) has distanced itself from Wednesday's protest by emergency call centre workers. 

The 10111 workers are demanding better salaries.They say they want to be paid the same as employees at other government call centres, claiming that they have exhausted all avenues, leaving them with no choice but to shut down call centres.

Last month, the workers marched to the office of the police minister.

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Popcru on Wednesday released a statement distancing itself from the protest, saying it "undermines ongoing efforts to resolve the issues." 

"This is a populist and covert stance that is solely aimed at creating a false impression that they have numbers and can take the employer head on, ignorant of the fact that there are processes that have not come to an end, and therefore jumping the gun," reads the statement. 

"We remain resolute in addressing the matters through correct procedures as provided for by the constitution of the council, and marching or striking can only seek to undermine the process which is under way."

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Police say contingency plans are in place to ensure there are no disruptions at the call centres.

"The services will be interrupted. These are professional workers who are trained to do their job. We have sent out communication to access our provinces and there's a good response in terms of the turnout of workers who are undecided,” said South African Policing Union (Sapu) secretary-general Oscar Skommere.

“One-hundred percent of the members have agreed to go on strike because this has not affected only Sapu members but the whole workforce of 10111."