03 Nov 2016 19:00pm
SWAKOPMUND, 03 NOV (NAMPA) Security guards working for a company in Swakopmund had to be happy with only half their salaries last month as their employer said their clients failed to pay them.
Two security guards employed by the Ombala security company on Thursday approached Nampa with complaints that they did not receive their full salaries on 15 October.
All of us are not paid until today. When we ask the management they keep telling us they will pay us. We have bills to pay and food to buy, said one guard.
The company employs more than 20 security guards.
Approached for comment, Tracey Jacobs, who deals with the company finances, said some of the employees received their full salaries while others received only half.
We will make sure everyone is fully paid in the next two weeks, she said.
Jacobs explained that the delay was caused by clients who do not pay them on time.
We have a problem. Some organisations, especially local authorities, do not pay us on time.
Meanwhile, a group of about 30 security guards on Thursday staged a peaceful demonstration as part of the national wage demonstration by security guards.
They represented companies such as Omega Security and Rubicon.
The Swakopmund group delivered a petition to the Ministry of Labour, Industrial Relations and Employment Creation.
Reading the petition, the coordinator of the Namibia Independent Security Union (NISU) in the Erongo Region, Samuel Nambahu said they just want to add their voice to the calls for the minimum wage to be increased from N.dollars 6.75 to N.dollars 12.50 per hour.
He noted that security guards are not treated decently.
We contribute to the safety and security of our country but our contribution is not recognised, said Nambahu.
The guards also called on the labour inspectors to investigate all security companies to ensure that they pay the minimum wage and provide employees with safe working conditions, proper training and pension benefits.
The unions representing the security guards include NISU, the Namibia Security Guards and Watchmen Union (NASGWU) and the Namibia Transport and Allied Workers Union (Natau), with the support of the Trade Union Congress of Namibia (Tucna).
Last month, the union referred a dispute of interest to the Office of the Labour Commissioner as employers refused to accept the unions demands.
The parties are expected to go for conciliation on 19 November 2016.