Private security hired after JRA staff initimidated

Working employees are being intimidated by striking colleagues who belong to Samwu.

FILE: The JRA on Monday said it's had to hire private security at great cost as its working employees are being targeted and intimidated by striking colleagues. Picture: Gary Oberholzer/Talk Radio 702.

JOHANNESBURG - The Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) on Monday said it's had to hire private security at great cost as its working employees are being targeted and intimidated by striking colleagues.

Members of the South African Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) embarked on industrial action last month and close to two thirds of the JRA's work force are currently on strike.

There have been numerous incidents of intimidation over the past week.

The JRA said it has had to bring in additional security through private contractors and the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD).

Employees going out to attend to complaints in the city will be accompanied by extra security.

However the agency says its ability to attend to all road-related issues and faulty traffic signals is being compromised and has thanked the public for its patience.

In the past week, working traffic light technicians have been assaulted, an employee's house has been petrol bombed and personal vehicles spray-painted.

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