Traffic officer strike continues

2014-08-12 00:00

THE impasse between the Road Traffic Inspectorate officers and their managers that has crippled services at Mkondeni testing station continued yesterday.

The busy Mkondeni station, which is visited by hundreds of people on a daily basis, was still partially shut yesterday, with critical services like eye testing and driving tests shut. The traffic officers downed tools last Wednesday protesting the use of their private medical aid to pay expenses on injuries suffered on duty. Several meetings with the officers have yielded no positive results, with the management failing to give the officers the guarantees they demanded.

By midday yesterday, the officers were still not back on duty. “We are just sitting … We have been given veiled threats that what we are doing is illegal and to return to work … They brought the manager of a private hospital; we do not want the hospital manager. We want written assurance that if we get injured, we will be covered.”

The officers said they will not go back to work.

Yesterday, a small group coming to the venue for services left in frustration, while driving schools continued to take students who had been scheduled for their tests so they would not forfeit the money paid and be in line to get new dates for the new bookings.

Attempts to speak to the Department of Transport spokesperson Kwanele Ncalane were unsuccessful yesterday. He previously told The Witness that although they understood the officers’ grievances, the stay away was illegal and the officers had other avenues where they could air their grievances.

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