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POPCRU to meet with National Traffic Police Unit members over RTMC's conditions of employment
11 December 2017
The Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU) has noted with annoyance the continued efforts by the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) to frustrate and demoralise employees in the National Traffic Police Unit by way of refusing to meet their conditions of employment.
The RTMC continues to disregard pertinent issues around overtime work, SNT and communication tools.
They have unilaterally reversed the issuing of dual-functioning cell phones capable of linking these employees to their control room, which has led to unsafe working conditions. These have been replaced by the use different sets with limited functionality that excludes the capability to link with cell phones, and have led to one of our traffic official being shot and hospitalised last week on Tuesday, without the possibility of getting much needed assistance in time. This new communication tool has clearly increased the possibilities our officers being harmed without any chance of calling for any back-up or emergency facilities.
These National Traffic Police Unit members are further negatively affected by the relocation process that has taken place from Fairy Glen to Eco-Park in Centurion. The RTMC had before the relocation committed to ensuring that they make it easier for those negatively affected by the relocation, yet nothing has been done thus far to realise the commitment.
What has become more worrying is that all uniformed National Traffic Police Unit members have been halted the right to enter into the Eco-Park premises, and are subjected to meet daily in an open field without any form of ablution facilities, therefore creating a health hazard.
These members have since struggled to work on applications, leave forms, payslips and inquiries due to the nature of area they are subjected to.
POPCRU will be holding a report-back meeting today at Eco-Park at 11am, and will on Tuesday do an inspection at the open space where these members are subjected to report on a daily basis, and on other issues that are not consistent with the promotion of health and safety of these members.
Issued by POPCRU
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