RTI officers refuse to work

2016-03-23 06:00

OFFICERS from the Groutville Road Traffic Inspectorate (RTI) refused to work last Friday because they are not satisfied with their working conditions, said one officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Officers were not allowing anyone to gain access to the station on Friday, saying they would only resume work once they have met and spoken with the director of the KZN RTI.

According to an officer, who asked to remain anonymous, the reason behind wanting to meet with the director was that talks with the station commander P.N Ximba and the regional commander had fallen apart leading to the management duo threatening to have the officers arrested.

Officers complained about the availability of water and the condition of the pit – an area designated for testing vehicles for roadworthiness.

The station has been without water for four years, said the officer, and the pit is “falling apart” making it unsafe for officers, he added.

Groutville RTI members have to provide themselves with water, however, no officer has ever been injured while working at the pit, which is what the officers want to prevent, said the officer.

The officer said 14 female officers are forced to use one small toilet which the traffic officials consider to be inappropriate.

“We have been raising these issues with management but they do not resolve them. These issues are a necessity but management will not listen to our demands instead they prioritised installing cameras over providing us with water and ensuring we work in a safe environment,” said the officer.
However, speaking to the Weekly on Tuesday morning, the officer said the provincial director came to the station on Friday and addressed the protesting officers. He said the water problem was resolved and the station has been receiving a daily supply since then and that other issues would take a while to resolve.
“The director did promise that we would see developments soon.”

THE OFFICER SAID 14 FEMALE OFFICERS ARE FORCED TO USE ONE SMALL TOILET WHICH THE TRAFFIC OFFICIALS CONSIDER TO BE INAPPROPRIATE.

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