GENERAL PUBLIC SERVICE SECTOR BARGAINING COUNCIL
CONCLUDES OCCUPATIONAL SPECIFIC DISPENSATION FOR
Date issued: 24 June 2009
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Parties to the General Public Service Sector Bargaining Council have been engaged in
marathon meetings from the 17th June 2009 to conclude negotiations on the Occupation
Specific Dispensation (OSD) for Correctional Officials.
In the early hours of the morning, on the 23rd June 2009 the negotiation process was
concluded. A final draft was circulated for Parties to attach their signatures after their
mandating processes were concluded.
The agreement today (24 June 2009) enjoyed majority status with the Employer, Police
and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU) and the National Education, Health and
Allied Workers Union (NEHAWU) signing the agreement.
The agreement introduces an Occupational Specific Dispensation (OSD) for Centre
Based and Non- Centre Based Correctional Officials that provides for–
a unique salary structure;
career-pathing opportunities based on competencies, experience, performance and
scope of work;
grade progression based on performance;
recognition of appropriate experience;
protection of current compensation;
the introduction of differentiated salary scales for different categories of
The introduction of 45-hour work week for the implementation of OSD and the
implementation of a 7-day establishment/ shift system for Centre Based
The appointment of new recruits as learners.
The agreement also further addresses;
The implementation of an OSD for Educators within the Department of
Translation measures identifying different work streams within the Department
Recognition of experience
Migration of Correctional Officials from Head Office and Regional Offices (Non-
Centre based) to Correctional facilities (Centre Based).
The agreement provides for a once-off amount to be paid to Correctional Officials in lieu
of the late implementation of the OSD.
The agreement will be phased in as follows;
OSD for Centre- Based and Non- Centre Based 1st July 2009
Recognition of experience for Centre- Based and 1 April 2010
Non- Centre Based Correctional Officials
45 Hour Work Week and 7-day establishment 1 July 2009
Once-off payment in lieu of the non- On the signing of
implementation of the OSD from 1 July 2008 to 30 this resolution.
The Council will now focus on other OSD still outstanding within the Scope of the
Council with an intention of concluding on those before the 30th June 2009.
Issued by the:
General Public Service Sector Bargaining Council (GPSSBC)
Frikkie De Bruin