Members of the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU) will be joining their counterparts based at the Department of Correctional Services (DCS) head offices in Pretoria in picketing to protest against the unjust, inhumane and life-threatening conditions under which the DCS management forcefully wants to have them work under.
This follows relentless but fruitless talks that POPCRU has been having with the DCS management since the closure of the building on the 12th September 2018, which saw the DCS a few days later falsefully declaring the building safe to inhabit without any form of certification from experts, and demanding that members return back to the building.
Since then, members have been threatened of being summarily dismissed, while the DCS management has failed to prove beyond reasonable doubt that the building is habitable.
Our members are being asked by the DCS management to provide reasons as to why they should not be dismissed after participating in an illegal strike, and we have responded in that they are not on strike, but merely requesting the management to provide them with a safe working environment which all employees are entitled to.
To date, the management has not responded to our call for discussions, but completely withdrew from engagements on the matter.
The picket will be taking place as follows;
Monday, 1 October 2018
124 WF Nkomo Street
On Thursday, the Courts will be hearing our application on the matter.
Media is hereby invited.
Issued by POPCRU on 30/09/2018
For more information contact; Popcru National Spokesperson Richard Mamabolo- 063 695 6663