JRA confirm strike by Samwu workers

The JRA says a task team has been negotiating with strikers and a contingency plan is in place.

FILE: The Johannesburg Road Agency (JRA) has confirmed its workers affiliated to the South African Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) will not report for duty on Wednesday due to a strike. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Johannesburg Road Agency (JRA) has confirmed its workers affiliated to the South African Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) will not report for duty on Wednesday due to a strike.

Samwu members in the agency are demanding the removal of a depot manager and that more funding is given to inspectors before they return to work.

The JRA says a task team has been negotiating with the strikers and a contingency plan is in place to ensure operations continue as normal.

Spokesperson Bertha Peter-Scheepers however says the union's demands are not serious enough to warrant the disruption.

"The JRA board and management are of the view that these issues don't necessarily justify the strike action as management has provided key and viable processes that are currently underway to address concerns in all of these areas. We obviously view the demands in a serious light and we are committed to reach a consensus."