Security guards in Kavango to march against low wages Monday

02 Nov 2016 19:10pm
RUNDU, 02 NOV (NAMPA) - The peaceful demonstration by close to 600 security guards from the Kavango East and West regions scheduled for Thursday, will now take place on Monday.
Marches by security guards in other towns will proceed as planned.
Guards are demanding that their minimum wage at entry level be increased to N.dollars 12,50 per hour.
Organiser of the Namibia Independence Security Union for the two regions, Sakaria Haihambo told Nampa on Wednesday the entry level minimum wage for security guards currently stands at between N.dollars 6,76 and N.dollars 7 per hour.
This was published in the Government Gazette and became effective on 01 August 2014 although implementation was only in 2015.
The guards plan to hand over a petition to the Ministry of Labour, Industrial Relations and Employment Creation.
Security guards from the two Kavango regions last month planned a peaceful demonstration but it was called off at the last minute. No reasons were provided for why that demonstration was postponed.
Three unions representing over 15 000 security guards across the country reiterated at a media briefing Tuesday that it was a peaceful demonstration and not a strike.