The Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU) has called on the Minister of Police, Bheki Cele to desist from making pre-emptive comments.

On Wednesday, 10 June, the union said it finds it extremely distressing, immature and unfortunate the announcement attributed to the Minister of Police Bheki Cele, that police officers won’t be getting salary increases for the next three years.

POLICE UNION CALLS ON BHEKI CELE TO STOP MAKING BIAS STATEMENTS

POPCRU spokesperson, Richard Mamabolo said that Minister Cele’s announcement at the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) not only ignores the fact that the matter is currently before the Public Service Coordinating Bargaining Council (PSCBC), but suggests that it is a foregone conclusion.

“We find this posture about our overworked and underpaid police officers not only offensive, but setting a wrong precedent,” Mamabolo said.

POPCRU said that the determination of salary increases is a transverse matter which falls within the scope of the PSCBC, and the employer has recently made an offer of around R22 billion, which translates into 1.5% pensionable salary increase, and a R978 monthly gratuity over a period of 12 months.

“We have rejected the above offer, as communicated from our Special National Executive Committee (SNEC) meeting, and are part of the labour collective that is currently engaging the state to make improvements.

“We call on the Minister to desist from making such pre-emptive and bias statements that seek to divide and demoralise members of the SAPS.”

POPCRU’s demands come as public servants are fighting for a salary increment and government is having none of it, having offered a 0% increase for its employees. The government has also tried to reduce any benefits that public servants are currently ‘entitled’ to.

In April, the Public Servants Association (PSA), one of the largest Public-Sector Unions said it was left frustrated and utterly disappointed with the “revised” salary offer tabled by the Government as employer in the Public Service Coordinating Bargaining Council (PSCBC) meeting.  

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