Security guards' strike still on cards

05 Dec 2013 14:50pm
WINDHOEK, 05 DEC (NAMPA) - The Namibia Security Guards and Watchmen’s Union (NASGWU) is still planning to hold a countrywide strike for its members, if their demands are not met by 16 December this year.
The union’s secretary-general, David Frans said at a media briefing in the capital on Thursday that the NASGWU has not received any response from security companies with regards to the demands made by the guards earlier this year.
They are demanding an increase of N. dollars 250 per day for entry-level employees who currently earn N.dollars 5 per shift.
Furthermore, they want shorter working hours and better working conditions such as guard rooms and sanitation facilities.
“Security guards are guarding properties, and have no guard rooms. When it rains, they get wet and when nature calls, they go to the bushes to relieve themselves,” he explained.
The union furthermore called for the removal of alleged salary deductions for guards who are found sleeping on duty; for being absent without leave; for transport allowances; as well as uniform deductions and bank charges.
“Over 3 000 security officers in Windhoek alone vow to down tools. Okahandja and other nearby towns will join their colleagues in Windhoek, while Oshakati, Ondangwa and Oshikango will have one venue, and the coast and Kavango will follow suit,” Frans stressed.