An estimated one million private security sector employees plan to embark on a strike over a wage deadlock.
- Unions representing private security guards say that 500 000 employees in the sector will embark on a strike over wages in September.
- Some unions in the sector are demanding an increase of 16%, while employers are offering a maximum of 5%.
- One union warned of a repeat of the violent security guard strike in 2006, which left 60 people dead.
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a million private security workers may start to strike next month, as unions
have not found common ground with employers at wage talks.
was the warning issued by Kungwini Amalgamated Workers Union (Kawu) at a press
briefing on Monday. The union is working alongside 28 other unions in the
sector, and issued a joint statement with the other unions. This week, the
unions estimated that 500 000 private security personnel could join their
are demanding that employers implement increases of 16.14% in the first year,
14.12% in the second year, and 12.37% in the third year. They also want
assurance that employees’ Private Security Sector Provident Fund contributions
will not rise beyond 7.5% over the next three years.
Employers are offering wage hikes of around 5%.
said in a joint statement that unions tabled a proposal to declare a national
employers’ continued pessimistic approach is leaving us with no option as
leaders of the unions, and we are moving towards having all our private
security officers going on a national strike.
this will lead our beautiful country to a standstill as it transpired in 2006.
We don’t want confrontation with the employers but we are left with no choice,
our security officers are suffering, we all know how basic needs of everyday
life are skyrocketing because of various challenges confronting the
world,” the statement said.
2006, the private security sector faced a strike in Johannesburg, which turned
violent and led to 60 deaths.
statement said that “refusal” by the sector’s employers to improve
workers’ salaries was unacceptable as some security officers were earning less
than R6 000.
statement said workers will be submitting draft picketing rules on Thursday and
are expected to sign picketing rules between 12 and 26 September.
on Monday night, Fidelity Services Group CEO Wahl Bartmann denied that there
was a deadlock in the ongoing negotiations. He said the parties have agreed to
two further dates to continue the wage negotiations, on 1 and 12 September.
are confident that a mutually acceptable collective agreement will be concluded
during those meetings as the parties are continuing to engage collaboratively
on the various issues,” said Bartmann.
secretary-general of the Saftu-aligned Democratised Transport Logistics and
Allied Workers Union (Detawu) Vusi Ntshangase said the union supported the
strike and was already mobilising in preparation for the industrial action.
Cosatu-aligned South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu) said
it was currently in the process of submitting picketing rules and would
work with employers on Thursday to finalise the arrangements.