Security firms defy law

19 August 2019 | Labour

Out of 187 security companies that are registered countrywide with two recognised security unions, only 28 are complying with the 2017 gazetted minimum wage and the Labour Act 11 of 2007.

The minimum wage is N$8.75 per hour across the board.

This was revealed during a joint press conference by the two unions, the Namibia Independent Security Union (NISU) and the Namibia Security Guards and Watchman Union (NASGWU) held in Windhoek last week. They were represented by NASGWU secretary-general Andeas Hausiku and that of NISU, Simon Kandondo.

“We observed with concern that the majority of security companies failed to honour and comply with the current rate which was officially gazetted,” Kandando said.

He said some companies pay their security guards N$6 per hour while others pay N$7 per hour, which is not the minimum wage per agreement. He noted that both unions are engaging government for the strict implementation of the minimum wage order in order to improve the working conditions in the security sector. Kandando called on their members to patient, saying the country's economy is in a difficult situation and all prices of goods went up while the people's incomes remain the same. He cautioned that the minimum wage rate should be complied with immediately as per collective agreements as the consequences will be to make the non-complying companies pay through the Office of the Labour Commissioner.

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