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'Minorities must be considered for SAPS EE plan'

Solidarity says the SAPS must consult with unions before its new EE plan is implemented.

Trade unions Solidarity says the SAPS must consult with unions before its new Employment Equity plan is implemented next year. Picture: SAPS

JOHANNESBURG - Trade union Solidarity says the South African Police Service (SAPS) must consult with unions before its new Employment Equity plan is implemented in January.

Solidarity has launched an application in the Labour Court, to ensure minority groups are properly represented in the process.

It comes after the Constitutional Court this week ruled that the police had every right not to promote a white female officer to a more senior position.

The trade union's Dirk Groenewald says it is important they assist and protect their members in terms of how Affirmative Action is implemented.

"None of the consulting parties who currently signed off the Employment Equity plan of the SAPS really has the best interests of the minority groups and non-designated groups at heart. We need to engage the SAPS and see to it that we form part of that consulting process."