15/12/2009 Newly graduated members of the SAPS during the passing out parade at SAPS Training Institute in Pretoria. Picture: Phill Magakoe

Cape Town - Non-designated and minority groups should be considered in the SA Police Service's new employment equity (EE) plan, trade union Solidarity said on Thursday.

Spokesman Dirk Groenewald said he had written to police commissioner Riah Phiyega asking that Solidarity be admitted as a party to the EE consultations.

“Solidarity, which has brought more than 20 cases of unfair discrimination against the SAPS in recent years, bases its demand on stipulations of the EE Act,” he said.

The act required that employers consult employees from both non-designated and designated groups.

The current EE plan expired at the end of the year.

Groenewald claimed neither the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru) or the SA Policing Union (Sapu) were willing to represent minority interests.

“The current EE plan, which we have challenged in court, has clearly been agreed upon by the recognised trade unions Popcru and Sapu.”

Solidarity had asked Phiyega to respond within 14 days and had reserved its rights.