CBD parking attendants back at work

2013-11-13 00:00

PARKING attendants employed by controversial parking meter company Panza­score are set to return to work today after a two-day stand-off over payment.

Barely nine months after the company started operating in the Pietermaritzburg central business district, workers stopped work on Monday and yesterday, demanding better pay.

The workers’ complaints included not earning a basic salary, being abused by motorists and the non-rotation of stations. They were also demanding a one-on-one meeting with Panzascore shareholders Paris Dlamini and Riquadeu Jacobs. Dlamini is the president of the Pietermaritzburg Chamber of Business and Jacobs the CEO of Capital Media. Each owns a 33% share in Panza­score.

“All we get is 40% of our daily takings. We are sworn at; people drive off without paying us sometimes and we get charged by the supervisors for this,” said one parking meter attendant.

Another said it was also important that the areas they were positioned in were rotated.

“Some attendants have been assigned busy areas while some of us are in quiet areas. It is not fair that others are making the money while we are not. It would be better if we were rotated, then we all get a chance,” said the attendant.

Panzascore managing director Rienus Niemand said the attendants had indicated they would be returning to work today.

“There is a daily rotation of stations for the attendants and negotiations are under way to improve payment by motorists through information and policing,” said Niemand.

Msunduzi municipal spokesperson Brian Zuma said because the parking meters were outsourced, there was nothing they could do.

“It is up to Panzascore to sort out the problems they have with their employees,” said Zuma.

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