Security Industry Wage
PRESS STATEMENT: SECURITY INDUSTRY WAGE NEGOTIATIONS AND TRANSFORMATION
DETAWU IS GEARING UP FOR THE SECURITY INDUSTRY WAGE NEGOTIATIONS AND ITS BROADER TRANSFORMATION AGENDA
The Democratised Transport Logistics and Allied Workers Union (DETAWU) is delighted to announce that in its two years of existence has made significant inroads into recruiting members in the Private Security Sector. DETAWU is now the third largest Union organising in the Sector as per the recent CCMA membership verification statistics report.
We are proud to announce that the Union forms part of the Industry Bargaining Forum and all other Industry related Policy forums.
DETAWU is also part of the Industry’s Steering Committee entrusted to oversee processes pertaining to the establishment of an Industry Bargaining Council. DETAWU has no doubt that this process will play a significant role in formalising the industry and fast-tracking the Industry transformation agenda. Of importance, is ensuring compliance in a sector that is riddled with non-compliance and no adherence to statutes by some unscrupulous employers.
The Union in line with its mandate will play a significant role in adding value to the processes and contribute to the betterment of both the working and living conditions of Security Workers, who are mostly underpaid, overworked and neglected, and are often exposed to very dangerous working conditions.
For a very long time workers in the Industry have been subjected to unjustified low levels of remuneration and pathetic working conditions. This must come to an end.
We refuse to be bullied by sweetheart Unions who are serving as underground proxies for some employers camouflaging as true worker’s representatives.
DETAWU demands an end to a two tier wage system where workers in some areas (Area 2 of the Sectoral Determination) get a lower rate of pay as compared to those in area 1. We need one national minimum wage for the industry.
We demand a minimum wage of R7500 per month. We will not support a percentage increase approach which doesn't take into account the harsh realities confronting security workers.
We feel strongly that a paradigm shift in the industry is long overdue, and that a Radical Transformation agenda must find expression through the outcome of the Industry Agreement on wages and working conditions, as well as on policy development.
This must include reduced working hours to eight (8) hours per day without loss of pay, job security and equal job opportunities and rights for women and youth. The time has also come for security workers to have access to a medical scheme in the light of the dangerous working conditions they operate under.
The time is now!!!!
Statement issued by the DETAWU’s General Secretary Vusi Ntshangase, 083 536 0547/011 338 9077/8