Correctional services sign up

AN AGREEMENT on occupation specific dispensation has been signed between government and labour in the correctional services sector, the Public Service Co-ordinating Bargaining Council said yesterday.

AN AGREEMENT on occupation specific dispensation has been signed between government and labour in the correctional services sector, the Public Service Co-ordinating Bargaining Council said yesterday.

The negotiations between the government, the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union and the National Education, Health and Allied Workers Union were concluded early on Tuesday morning. The agreement was signed yesterday.

Popcru spokesperson Benzi ka-Soko said the union was happy with the agreement - which was accepted by leadership and union members.

The agreement introduced OSD - a revised salary structure unique to different occupations in the public service - for centre-based and non-centre based correctional services officials.

It included a unique salary structure, career-path opportunities, pay progression, grade progression based on performance, recognition of appropriate experience, protection of current compensation, the introduction of differentiated salary scales for different categories of correctional officials.

It also included the introduction of a 45-hour work week for the implementation of OSD and the implementation of a seven-day establishment or shift system for centre-based correctional officials. - Sapa

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