Security guards to march

Employers won''t comply with exorbitant demands

02 November 2016 | Labour


An estimated 3 000 security guards are taking to the streets in Windhoek tomorrow as part of a peaceful demonstration for better wages.

The countrywide hour-long march scheduled to start at 09:00, will be joined by thousands of security guards from at least 13 towns, the unions representing the workers said at a media briefing yesterday. The demonstration will conclude with the handover of a petition at the Office of the Labour Commissioner.

“There are a lot of reasons that they are marching. Mainly though, it is because they want to see change. And they want to put pressure on the employers and let them know they are serious,” John Kwedhi, General-Secretary of the Namibia Transport and Allied Workers Union (NATAU), told Namibian Sun yesterday.

At a press conference yesterday, the three unions representing the 17 000 security guards across the country in the ongoing minimum wage negotiations, said they wanted to make it clear that the march was a peaceful demonstration and “not a strike as perceived by some employers”.

Last month, the union referred the dispute of interest to the Office of the Labour Commissioner and the date for conciliation has been set for 19 November, which has been confirmed by Kwedhi. The unions criticised security guard employers, whom they allege have “decided to unilaterally increase the wages of the security guards,” before negotiations proceeded at the Office of the Labour Commissioner.

“I would once again like to stress that the employers in the security companies can do whatever they want, but as long as the increments do not meet the worker''s demands we will not stop at anything to fight for decent working conditions for security officers and security guards,” Kwedhi said.

He warned that none of the unions representing the interests of security guards will “sit back and allow the current exploitation in the security sector” to continue.

Security guards in Walvis Bay, Swakopmund, Oshakati, Tsumeb, Rundu, Lüderitz, Katima Mulilo, Otjiwarongo, Gobabis, Grootfontein, Okahandja and Keetmanshoop are slated to conduct the peaceful demonstration in their towns.

The unions are demanding a 71% increase in wages, which the Security Association of Namibia (SAN) has countered with a 25% raise in return. The current entry-level wage is N$6.75 per hour, with the unions demanding N$12.50 per hour across the board at entry level while SAN countered with an entry wage of N$7.50 per hour and N$8.75 per hour for employees with a year or longer service. SAN members last week said they are committed to better wages in the industry and were willing to negotiate, but would not comply with “exorbitant” demands.

The unions representing the security guards include Namibia Security Guards and Watchman Union (NASGWU), Namibian Independent Security Union (NISU), NATAU, with support from the Trade Union Congress of Namibia (Tucna).


Similar News


Labour to ­fast-track gender in workplace

1 hour ago | Labour

Jo-Maré DuddyThe ministry of labour, industrial relations and employment creation, with the assistance of the International Labour Organisation (ILO), has embarked on a three-year programme...

Govt concerned about trade union members

1 month - 14 March 2018 | Labour

President Hage Geingob said he would like the National Union of Namibian Workers (NUNW) to know that his administration is concerned about trade union members.In...

Union warns private schools

1 month - 23 February 2018 | Labour

JEMIMA BEUKES The Teachers Union of Namibia (TUN) intends to clamp down on fly-by-night private schools that allegedly exploit...

Rosh Pinah, MUN ink agreement

2 months ago - 05 February 2018 | Labour

Rosh Pinah Zinc Corporation of Namibia has entered into a labour agreement with the Mineworkers' Union of Namibia (MUN) for the next three years.The agreement...

SOS housemothers fed up

2 months ago - 02 February 2018 | Labour

Unhappy housemothers at SOS Children's Villages Namibia in Windhoek, Tsumeb and Ondangwa handed over a petition to their respective offices yesterday morning, detailing a litany...

Union to act against security companies

2 months ago - 02 February 2018 | Labour

The Trade Union Congress of Namibia (Tucna) has threatened to report, name and shame and possibly sue security companies who are still not compliant with...

Boss unapologetic about swearing at workers

2 months ago - 30 January 2018 | Labour

Workers at a local signage shop have accused their boss of verbally abusing them and using racial slurs to insult them. The workers at...

MUN reflects on 2017 challenges

3 months ago - 10 January 2018 | Labour

The Mineworkers Union of Namibia (MUN) was mainly challenged by retrenchments and several cases of labour unrest throughout last 2017, Paul Situmba, MUN's assistant secretary-general,...

Engineers want ministry to implement ruling

3 months ago - 28 December 2017 | Labour

The Namibian Society of Engineers (NASE) has written to the works PS, Willem Goeieman, to advise him to take note of a recent court ruling...

Rukoro gets N$3m severance

4 months ago - 15 December 2017 | Labour

Meatco is on the hunt for a new CEO after officially dropping all disciplinary charges against Vekuii Rukoro, who was suspended from the position earlier...

Latest News

Unam confers posthumous PhD

1 hour ago | Education

ILENI NANDJATOA University of Namibia lecturer who died last year was honoured with a posthumous doctor of philosophy (PhD) degree during the Unam northern campus’s...

NTTU commands all taxis to...

1 hour ago | Transport

JANA-MARI SMITH Namibia Transport and Taxi Union (NTTU) boss Werner Januarie has urged all Windhoek taxi drivers to join a mass taxi strike on Monday,...

Purpose-eating allocation for trade

1 hour ago | Economics

Ndama Nakashole - There are no funds allocated towards the government’s equipment aid scheme this year, whose aim is to provide production machinery and equipment...

Tsumeb protest disrupts court proceedings

1 hour ago | Justice

CATHERINE SASMANMore than 100 angry protesters at Tsumeb nearly brought the magistrate’s court’s proceedings to a standstill yesterday when they descended on the court demanding...

Nghiwete defiant

1 hour ago | Government

CATHERINE SASMAN The suspended CEO of the Namibia Students Financial Assistance Fund (NSFAF), Hilya Nghiwete, has demanded through her lawyer...

Africa briefs

1 hour ago | Economics

Mnangagwa says new investment law to open economyZimbabwe is working on a new investment law to open up the economy to foreign investors, President Emmerson...

Rape accused doctor gets N$15...

1 hour ago | Justice

A doctor accused of raping a 20-year-old woman in the Ongwediva area was yesterday granted bail of N$15 000 by the Oshakati Magistrate's Court. ...

Job portal fails

1 hour ago | Government

Only 20% of the 15 569 jobseekers who were registered on the Namibia Integrated Employment Information System (NIEIS) during the 2017/18 financial year found jobs.According...

Hanse-Himarwa on trial next month

1 hour ago | Justice

Education minister Katrina Hanse-Himarwa will go on trial on corruption charges at the end of May.Hanse-Himarwa yesterday appeared before the Windhoek High Court, where she...

Load More