Traffic cops fuming over pay cuts
EMPLOYEES at Merafong local municipality are up in arms against the council after their salaries were cut without their consent.
About 12 traffic officers said they were caught by surprise when they realised that their salaries were reduced without warning.
One of the employees, who asked not to be named for fear of victimisation, said: "My life has changed as I live on overdraft. I have children to look after and rent to pay."
She said that efforts to find out why their salaries were cut had been unsuccessful.
The officers said they were appointed in January 2007 as traffic officers and their salaries had been decreased since December last year, without any clear explanation.
One of the officers said his salary was slashed by R2,000 from R10,000 and another said his salary dropped to R6,000 from R10,000.
They were first told there was a mistake with their salaries, with most employees earning what was not their normal pay. Then they were told the salaries had been blocked. They said they were promised that the matter would be attended to and they would be reimbursed.
Another officer said they were paid back but not accordingly.
Merafong local municipality spokesman Slums Magodielo confirmed that the matter was being reviewed and that they would take it up with the local Labour Forum.
He said the management would discuss the issue.
"It is not only the traffic officers who are experiencing this problem, even our security guards are having the same problem." - firstname.lastname@example.org