16 Nov 2013 17:50pm
WINDHOEK, 16 NOV (NAMPA) - Members of the Namibia Security Guard and Watchmens Union (NASGWU) are demanding salaries of at least N.dollars 6 500 per month, starting at the beginning of next year.
The security guards made the demands during a mass demonstration held in Katutura on Saturday.
NASGWU SG David Frans said during the march that the union is targeting the festive season to address the low wages offered by security companies to their employees after they were offered no increment for the year 2014.
He compared the current salary wages of security companies in Namibia to other Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries, which he claims pay better.
Frans said security companies here are given until 15 December this year to consult with the Namibia Security Labour Forum (NSLF).
NSLF was established in 2004 as the bargaining forum for minimum wages for security guards.
Frans said the union also demands that all monies deducted from their members for each day absent without leave (AWOL), be returned to their salaries within 24 hours.
Failure to fulfill this order will result in mini demonstrations next week, he warned.
We are fighting to provide a better future for our children. We do not want our children to end up in the same profession, Frans said.
Ndatilifa Honorat, a security guard at the Otjomuise Clinic, said her employer, Vicmac, withheld her payslip for the past five months, and she is not sure of how much and for what money was deducted from her salary.
The last payslip I received came through my colleague, and it was not in a sealed envelope, she said told Nampa.
Honorat added that she is only aware of N.dollars 250 that the company should deduct for her uniform.
This agency also approached another guard, Gervasius Shisande, who works for the Southern Cross security company. He complained about his poor working conditions at the company and the fact that the company deducts N.dollars 300 per month for transport from workers.
I use my bicycle to go to work but they still deduct transport expenses from my salary whether I go to work or not, said Shisande.
Meanwhile, the union is expected to stage a mass demonstration in the North next week.