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10111 workers to strike

Popcru’s Nkosinathi Theledi said it would take a miracle to stop the protest.

Police vehicles. Picture: saps.gov.za

JOHANNESBURG - Officials in the police ministry are hoping a last minute deal will avert a planned strike by 10111 emergency line workers.

Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru) threatened that 40,000 of its members could strike on Wednesday if salary agreements are not honoured.

According to the union, the strike would be deemed legal as members were not hired in terms of the Police Act.

Workers in six provinces are expected to strike on Wednesday.

Gauteng will join in on the strike from Thursday, Popcru warned.

Ministerial spokesperson Zweli Mnisi said the department is worried about the possible impact of the strike.

"We are however confident they will reach an amicable solution," he added.

But Popcru's Nkosinathi Theledi said it would take a miracle to stop the protest.

"Regardless of the outcome of the discussions, the march will proceed."

The department also assured the public that policing would not be disrupted if the strike does go ahead.