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sapuThe Star reports that the SA Policing Union (Sapu) says its members are gearing up for a strike following a breakdown of public sector wage talks.

The union’s general secretary, Peter Ntsime, said they had already declared a dispute and, although the current unrest had disturbed the balloting process, union members who had been able to take part in the process had indicated that they wanted to go on strike. "We had our NEC on Friday and quite a lot of our members indicated that we have to go on strike. The only challenge that we are facing now is that the three critical provinces which are the biggest in our movement have not reported the whole information as a result of the protests taking place over the past two weeks,” Ntsime advised. He indicated that on Wednesday the union would release full details of all provinces that had voted for a strike. The outstanding provinces were the Western Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng. He pointed out that police were essential workers, but said other members of the union would go on strike on behalf of the police. These included administrative staff and those vital in helping police carry out their duties. Ntsime said the current unrest in country was a sign that police were overworked and suffering from low morale. He said the union had rejected the latest offer because it was an insult to police who risked their lives daily.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Itumeleng Mafisa at The Star


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