Aarto staff strike over work­ing hours

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SA TRANS­PORT and Al­lied Work­ers Union (Satawu) mem­bers at Gaut­eng’s Road Traf­fic In­fringe­ment Agency (RTIA), re­spon­si­ble for man­ag­ing the Ad­min­is­tra­tive Ad­ju­di­ca­tion of Road Traf­fic Of­fences, yes­ter­day downed tools over work hours, the trade union said.

The em­ploy­ees in­cluded ad­ju­di­ca­tors, call cen­tre agents, rev­enue ser­vice staff, ad­min­is­tra­tors and gen­eral work­ers.

“The trou­ble started when work­ers no­ticed a dis­crep­ancy in the stip­u­lated hours of work in their let­ter of ap­point­ment as op­posed to what was stated in the orig­i­nal con­di­tions of ser­vice pol­icy.

“The pol­icy stated 40 hours of work per week, in­clud­ing lunch and tea breaks, while the let­ter of ap­point­ment put to­tal hours of work at 45 hours per week,” the union said.

Ac­cord­ing to the union, fur­ther talks with man­age­ment on the work hours yielded no suc­cess.

The mat­ter was then re­ferred to the Com­mis­sion for Con­cil­i­a­tion, Me­di­a­tion and Ar­bi­tra­tion, but a cer­tifi­cate of non-res­o­lu­tion was is­sued, grant­ing Satawu per­mis­sion to em­bark on a strike.

“Our mem­bers at RTIA are adamant they will re­main on strike un­til their voices are heard. How­ever, it is im­por­tant to say that we are still open to ne­go­ti­a­tions and in­vite man­age­ment to come to the ta­ble so as to avoid ser­vice to mo­torists be­ing in­ter­rupted,” said Satawu.

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