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Numsa calls out govt for ‘exploiting’ 10111 workers

Workers affiliated to the South African Police Union (Sapu) have suspended their strike.

Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The National Union of Metal Workers of South Africa (Numsa) says government cannot claim to be promoting radical economic transformation while it’s guilty of exploiting 10111 call centre workers like "greedy capitalists".

Workers affiliated to the South African Police Union (Sapu) have suspended their strike to allow for mediation to take place through the CCMA which will begin on Monday.

Sapu is demanding a wage increase and fair labour practice, saying they are among the lowest earning government call centre agents despite being the busiest.

Numsa is calling on the South African Police Service to negotiate in good faith and ensure that they resolve the crisis as soon as possible for the sake of the public who rely on the 10111 service.

Numsa acting spokesperson Phakamile Hlubi says: “We call on SAPS to ensure 101111 workers are remunerated fairly. Police management is putting the lives of millions of South Africans at risk by exploiting Sapu members and forcing them to strike.”

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)