JMPD’s new shift sys­tem to boost of­fi­cer morale

Inner City Gazette - - News - By Staff Re­porter [email protected]­

Fol­low­ing years of de­lib­er­a­tions, the City is happy to an­nounce that the Lo­cal Labour Fo­rum (LLF), fi­nally agreed and signed the new framework and shift sys­tem for all em­ploy­ees that are or­di­nar­ily ex­pected to work shifts.

This has been on the City’s agenda since 2008. This col­lec­tive agree­ment is in line with ba­sic con­di­tions of ser­vice. The agree­ment includes a five shift sys­tem from the shift chap­ter, where dif­fer­ent Lo­cal Man­age­ment Com­mit­tees will de­lib­er­ate on and choose the suit­able shifts for their re­spec­tive de­part­ments.

Mem­ber of the May­oral Com­mit­tee for Group Cor­po­rate and Shared Services in the City of Joburg, Cllr Ntombi Khu­malo, ap­plauded all par­ties for de­lib­er­a­tions and agree­ment on this shift chap­ter.

“I’m ex­tremely ex­cited to an­nounce that the JMPD Po­lice Chief David Tembe will hit the ground run­ning with JMPD hav­ing al­ready chose to work the four days in and four days out shift sys­tem start­ing on 01 July 2018.

Due to the in­ten­sity and the na­ture of their work, it is im­por­tant that our em­ploy­ees in this space get enough rest and still meet their re­quired hours,” said MMC Khu­malo.

MMC for Public Safety, Cllr Sun who played a cru­cial role in the de­lib­er­a­tions to­wards this agree­ment was also in at­ten­dance. Ex­press­ing his re­ac­tion to this mile­stone MMC Sun said

“We heard the cries of our own staff mem­bers in JMPD and we are de­ter­mined to make sure that the re­vised shift chap­ter be im­ple­mented.

“The new shift sys­tem will now see our of­fi­cers work twelve hours a day for four days and rest for four days, whereas pre­vi­ously they would work eight hours.

The new shift sys­tem will al­low them to be re­vi­talised and well rested to come back and tackle the crime and grime in the City.”

MMC Khu­malo said she was en­cour­aged by the pos­i­tive at­ti­tude and commitment shown by all mem­bers of the fo­rum and the good spirit dis­played in the meet­ing when deal­ing with issues af­fect­ing em­ploy­ees.

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