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The date of the arbitration for the application of recognition was scheduled for 22-24 February 2017 at the CCMA in Pretoria. On 22 February POPCRU, supported by the SAPS, SAPU, PSCBC and the SSSBC, opposed it with a point in limine on the definition of a “representative trade union.”
The Commissioner decided to deliver judgment on this issue in 14 days’ time. The date of arbitration has therefore been postponed.
As soon as the verdict is known, a new date will be set. Our way forward depends on this verdict.
Solidarity already has almost 4 000 members in the SAPS, but our membership is below the 50 000 threshold recently negotiated by POPCRU for recognition.
On Friday, 10 June, Solidarity served documents on the SAPS in which we apply for recognition in terms of the new amended legislation because we believe we are representing a material interest.
Solidarity’s application for organisational rights will be heard in the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration on 2 December 2016.
It is precisely because we are taking on this and other issues that people are joining Solidarity as their union of choice.
The new language policy in the Northern Cape also forms part of our members’ material interest. Solidarity has forwarded a second follow-up letter to the SAPS to determine the origin of the new language policy for taking statements from the public. We intend launching an application to revise the decision to implement the policy in the near future.
At Solidarity we believe we are serving a material interest of our members within the SAPS precisely because the unions POPCRU and SAPU, to whom all police members are paying agency fees, are not looking after our members’ interests in matters that are important to them.
On the contrary, POPCRU and SAPU have concluded collective agreements that are affecting our members very negatively, while those members have to pay monthly agency fees to these unions. Examples of this are:
Negotiating and adopting affirmative action plans that constitute quotas and are extremely damaging to their careers within the SAPS.
Negotiating a new rank structure that is extremely damaging to their careers and the general good order within SAPS command structures.
Solidarity based its application for recognition on the following:
Its members’ affirmative action interest;
Its members’ pension fund interest;
Its members’ interest in addressing problems with the new rank structure within the SAPS; and
Its members’ interest in representation in grievance procedures and disciplinary hearings by the trade union of their choice.