The Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union has rejected a plea by the Minister of Correctional Services' to hold back on planned strike action.
Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula appealed to Popcru to give her a chanceto resolve the current delays in the implementation of the Occupation Specific Dispensation (OSD) for correctional officials before they proceed with any protest action.
Popcru spokesperson Benzi Soko said: "We are sticking to our guns and the strike will continue. We have given the department enough time to deal with the matter."
Soko said the new minister could however still be briefed within the next eight days if they really want to solve the problem.
The OSD consists of revised salary structures that are unique to each identified occupation in the public service. At present prison warders earn about R3900 at entry level and if the OSD is implemented they will earn R4800 a month.
The OSD was supposed to be implemented last July.
"I appeal to members of Popcru to give us a chance to settle down and see what we can do to resolve issues around the OSD," Mapisa-Nqakula said.
She committed herself to a regular process of interacting with all staff members so that she can gather an understanding of the challenges they face every day.