Staffs of JC-KRTA, a Malaysian company working atthe Water Treatment Plant at Mt Eriama have welcomedthe decision bythe Eda Ranu Beard to terminatethe Bell Operate and Transfer partnership. The termination took place two weeks ago.
They claimed thattheir working conditions were poor under this management and were happy to work for Eda Ranu.
The city is also expected to experience low water rationing starting this Friday as Eda Ranu carries out maintenance work on its Mt Eriama Treatment Plant.
The new Eda Ranu Beard chaired by Mary Karo terminatedthe BeT contract claiming that it was unfair to Eda Ranu.
Two weeks on and 31 staff members of JC-KRTA who have been manningthe water treatment plant at Eriama for the last 17 years say justice has finally been done tothem.
Ninkama Nick Morea,the Operations Supervisor said “After 13 years we have been struggling…onthe pay structures not paid according to qualification, experience…”
On top ofthe low pay, he saysthere has not been any staff training andthe two expatriates worked in isolation so as not to transfer skills tothe national staff.
Despitethese tough working conditions,they worked faithfully to keepthe taps running inthe city overthese years.
New caretaker manager ofthe plantoMichael Yagro says he is amazed atthe skills ofthe national employees and Eda Ranu is relying heavily onthese 31 staff members for its operations.
“Sincethe termination ofthe BeT contract almost two weeks ago, it has been business as usual and normal atthe water treatment plant. The staff here are highly competentohighly skilled andthe waythey have been operatingthe plant and providingthe service tothe city consumers has been very good and so farthe staff are committed totheir work…,” Mr. Yagro Said
Mr Yagro also announced to city residents of a planned shut down to one of its 3 clarifiers.
Water rationing will be effective this Friday and will last for the next ten days while maintenance work is carrlied out.