JRA workers blame management for protests

Workers say they feel their grievances are only heard when they protest.

JRA workers protested over salary increases and the non-payment of performance bonuses on 24 February 2016. Picture: Ziyanda Ngcobo/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Striking Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA)

employees say they feel their grievances are only heard when they protest.

Yesterday, workers affiliated to the South African Municipal

Workers Union (Samwu) marched from the company's offices to the City of

Johannesburg's offices in Braamfontein to hand over a memorandum of


They say they're striking for a number of reasons, including

not getting a seven percent pay increase promised to them last year.

One of the demands included in the memorandum the immediate dismissal of the

JRA's Mohale Matsuma.

"We are demanding that he be suspended immediately and there

are procedures to follow," a worker said.

Outside the city's offices, workers chanted for the return

of Skhumbuzo Macozoma who abruptly resigned as the company's managing director

last year.

Workers say they want to be heard without going on strike.

"They keep quiet and only when workers march to the offices,

that's when they decide to communicate," a worker said.

They also claim the agency unilaterally changed policies

around recruitment and performance bonuses.

Yesterday's protests saw streets being strewn with litter, traffic lights being

vandalised and traffic in the CBD being severely affected.