PRETORIA– The South African Policing Union (Sapu) has called on President Jacob Zuma to fire Police Minister Fikile Mbalula for failing to resolve the ongoing 10111 Call Centre operators wage dispute.
Sapu led a march to the Union Buildings in Pretoria Monday demanding the president’s intervention after nearly three months of protest action by its 10111 members. Sapu’s 10111 operators are pushing ahead with their strike action as they demand salary upgrades to be on the same level as other government call centre agents.
This would amount to an estimated 50,000-Rand (about 3,750 US dollars) increases per annum.
However, three months into the dispute, the demand has not been met, leading to Sapu declaring their loss of confidence in the police minister.
Sapu deputy president Tumelo Mogodiseng says: “We are calling upon President Jacob Zuma to recall Comrade Mbalula. Comrade Mbalula must go back to sports (his previous portfolio). This is not sports, and we mean business.”
Urging the workers to continue with the strike, South African Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) Secretary-General Zwelinzima Vavi says he hopes the Presidency will listen to their concerns.
“We are paying for the mistakes of putting clowns in the Union Buildings (seat of the national government), putting self-serving crooks who have no time for anyone else except for themselves and their families.”
Meanwhile, the police say striking workers will face disciplinary action. South African Police Service (SAPS) spokesperson
Colonel Athlenda Mathe says: “We remain resolute that the strike is unprotected because there is currently an agreement in place signed by both SAPS and majority union, Popcru (Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union, a rival union), which is binding.”
Police have also maintained that the strike hasn’t affected 10111 Call Centres.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK