Source AP ©

South African police to stay on duty until special ruling

South Africa's labor court has ordered police to stay on the job until it issues a ruling Monday on their request to be barred from joining a nationwide public sector strike.

The South African Police Service went to the labor court earlier Friday, earning the interim order. The strike for more pay, which has crippled schools and hospitals, was entering its third week.

The Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union, which has 120,000 members, had pledged to join the strike on Monday. Such a strike would be of particular concern in a country where crime rates - and concerns about crime - are high. South Africa is ranked second in the world for murders and assaults per capita, according to the latest United Nations survey.

The union had pledged to join the strike if a settlement was not be reached by the end of the business day Friday. At that deadline, the government's official wage increase offer remained at 7.25 percent while unions continued to push for 10 percent.

Federal law bars essential workers - presumed to include police and prison workers - from striking. It appeared the police service was applying to the labor court to stipulate that police fell under that law. The service posted a statement on its Web site Friday saying "any form of industrial action (on the part of police) is illegal" and could result in firings.

Police and prison union members "are public service workers. We don't believe that other workers should be waging this war on our behalf," said union spokesman Pat Ntsobi.

Negotiations between public sector unions and the government are set to resume Sunday.

Comments
Three scenarios of new super sanctions against Russia published
Can Russia perform under Soviet flag during 2018 Winter Olympics?
USA will seize Kuril Islands immediately if Russia delivers them to Japan
German experts name Russia's most dangerous weapon
Report about USSR's unique lunar mission declassified
Europeans say what puzzles them in Russia most
Russia's new torpedo carrying 100-megaton nuclear warhead nullifies USA's Prompt Global Strike
The Green Africa project
The Green Africa project
Can Russia perform under Soviet flag during 2018 Winter Olympics?
The Green Africa project
Russia's new torpedo carrying 100-megaton nuclear warhead nullifies USA's Prompt Global Strike
The Green Africa project
Russia's new torpedo carrying 100-megaton nuclear warhead nullifies USA's Prompt Global Strike
The Green Africa project
Report about USSR's unique lunar mission declassified
Keys to understanding the world from Feminism - Science and Feminism
Sheep disrupt the work of US missile defences in Romania
Sheep disrupt the work of US missile defences in Romania
Russia strongly opposed to reinstating death penalty
Russia's new torpedo carrying 100-megaton nuclear warhead nullifies USA's Prompt Global Strike