Security Wage Agreement

We firmly believe that a paradigm shift in the sector is long overdue and that a radical transformation agenda must be translated into the outcome of the industrial agreement on wages and working conditions and on policy developments. The unions in the security sector rejected the 5% wage increase proposed by the employers during the last round tables from Wednesday to Thursday. According to vusi Ntshangase, general secretary of the Democratised Transport Logistics and Allied Workers Union (DETAWU), the largest number of security guards are grade C. The private security unions will meet with employers tomorrow, November 7 before the Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration Commission (CCMA) to try a final attempt to reach an agreement. Among the main aspects of the collective agreement are: Ntshangase said about 150,000 security guards had been mobilized. According to the labour supervisory authorities, some employers do not respect minimum wages. « We welcome the outcome of the negotiation process, which will initiate some radical changes in the security sector, and even more so because all parties have once again contributed to a constructive and friendly process that has led to more than nine years of peace within the framework of the framework agreement for negotiations, » says Costa Diavastos. President of ASSA and chief negotiator representing the employers` bodies. « Our goal at all times was to do our best to ensure that the industry would never again experience the recurrence of the violent labour disputes we saw in 2006, » he says. Burning Issues on the Sector ranges from bonus expenses (13th check), the Provident Fund sector and minimum wages. The gradual introduction of grades E to D was also discussed.