Traffic police strike over millions owed in backpay

LISTEN TO ME: Human resources management director Chris Jamda (in black jacket) addresses the protesting traffic officers in front of the Woolboard building
LISTEN TO ME: Human resources management director Chris Jamda (in black jacket) addresses the protesting traffic officers in front of the Woolboard building

Traffic sirens blared in the Port Elizabeth city centre yesterday as angry traffic cops demanded the city cough up about R52-million owed to them for overtime dating back to 2006.

The protesting officers picketed outside City Hall and the council chambers at the Woolboard Exchange building, with the ear-splitting sirens of about 25 traffic vehicles going off at the same time.

A workshop for councillors was being held at the Woolboard building at the time.

The protest began at about 9am and lasted for about three hours before the traffic cops were called into a meeting with their municipal bosses.

The officers wanted their managers to commit to a date on which the municipality would pay them for overtime worked on Sunday shifts since 1996.

But they said they would accept the money owing from between 2006 and June last year, as long as it was in their accounts by Tuesday next week.

-Mkhululi Ndamase 

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3 thoughts on “Traffic police strike over millions owed in backpay

  • February 17, 2015 at 4:37 pm
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    Sorry to say but when ever did they work for this money owing to them. They are all working at KFC.

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  • February 17, 2015 at 9:00 am
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    Is that all the traffic officers PE has? So few?! We can do without any then, but they should be paid what they are due!

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  • February 17, 2015 at 8:43 am
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    This is one strike that will be unfelt. Can you imagine a department that is so lazy that they don’t even try to extort bribes is now striking. KFC had better brace themselves….

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