RTMCSowetanLive reports that eighteen traffic officers have hauled their employer to the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) for unfair discrimination after it hired new officers and paid them higher salaries.  

The Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) is accused of appointing about 50 new officers and offering them senior positions at a scale higher than that applicable to those already at the corporation.  Now the 18 officers are demanding the same salaries as the new appointees, claiming they were unfairly denied opportunities to apply for the new posts.  The matter will be heard next week.  The employees, in a complaint filed with the CCMA, allege that about 50 people were appointed by the RTMC on 15 June 2015 for inspector traffic officer positions on a higher salary scale than that of traffic officers - and that positions as advertised were similar to the ones they occupy.  RTMC spokesperson Simon Zwane said he was aware of the case, but it was untrue that traffic officers at the corporation were overlooked for the positions.  The unfair discrimination complaint was first lodged with the CCMA in 2015 but for almost three years was delayed because of disputes over jurisdiction.  However, the labour court ordered last year that the CCMA has jurisdiction on the matter.

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