Numsa says security companies have caved in to the collective agreement and have refused to grant wage increases to workers since February. The Port Elizabeth and Uitenhage areas are areas of Area 1 and controversies are ongoing as to whether the areas are still economically viable to remain in Zone 1. „The collective agreement is a first for the sector, and we must not let a group of greedy selfish employers take advantage of the benefits that generations of workers have fought for.“ Numsa called on all workers in the security sector to support the march in their numbers. The most recent employer offer represents an increase of R314 for each of the three years of the proposed agreement and would ultimately result in C-level public servants being paid up to the third year of 520 R5. The employers` bodies of the private security sector have signed a three-year collective agreement with the relevant trade unions following a constructive and peaceful negotiation process. According to ASSA, the security forces are among the most vulnerable in this sector and this agreement has led to an unprecedented positive change in employment conditions in a sector that is one of the largest employers in the country. The parties last met on October 23 at the CCMA, when employers submitted an offer of an increase of 7.18%. However, the offer was rejected because it did not come close to the wage adjustment sought by the employees. Employees are firmly committed to wanting a salary adjustment to R7,500 for Class C officers, R8,000 for grade B and R8,500 for A-level employees. Currently, security guards are paid R4 377, R4 981 and R5 558. The question of whether employers will deduct uniform wages for workers has been clarified. The removal of uniforms is illegal because Section 19 of the law states that „no employer may withdraw or withdraw any form of bond unique to an employee,“ said Labour moderator, Deputy Director Shaun Feldman. The union, which has about 340,000 members, says 23 security companies led by Mafoko Security are questioning the collective agreement signed in the National Private Security Bargaining Council.
Among the most important aspects of the collective agreement are: „The demarcation model promotes migration, as workers will move from one territory to another in search of a higher wage. Our goal is to „transform the industry.“ Said Andile Ndedwa, saTAWU`s local treasurer. The hearings ended with a resolution on the creation of a forum. Another meeting, which will be attended by the Ministry of Labour, ABSA, PSIRA, trade unions and employers, will discuss many of the issues raised by the EU on conditions of employment in the private security sector.