Se­cu­rity guards go on strike

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AROUND 500 se­cu­rity guards work­ing for Se­cu­rity Un­lim­ited in­tend to stage a four­day strike start­ing to­mor­row over their re­mu­ner­a­tion and work­ing con­di­tions.

Ac­cord­ing to Le­sotho Work­ers As­so­ci­a­tion (LEWA) Na­tional Or­gan­iser, Hlale­fang Seoa­holimo, the se­cu­rity guards and their em­ployer failed to reach a con­sen­sus, hence the in­dus­trial ac­tion.

LEWA is rep­re­sent­ing the work­ers in ne­go­ti­a­tions with the em- ployer.

The work­ers want a 13 per­cent salary in­cre­ment while the em­ployer is pre­pared to give them seven per­cent; which is di­vided into six per­cent for ba­sic pay and one per­cent for al­lowances.

“We don’t ac­cept this six per­cent ba­sic pay in­cre­ment mainly be­cause it is be­low the cur­rent in­fla­tion rate which is 6.3 per­cent,” Mr Seoa­holimo said in an in­ter­view with the Sun­day Ex­press.

Ne­go­ti­a­tions in­volv­ing work­ers, em­ploy­ers and the govern­ment through the Wages Ad­vi­sory Board con­cluded in April this year with the par­ties agree­ing on a seven per­cent in­cre­ment for the 2017/18 fi­nan­cial year. This was de­spite de­mands by the work­ers for a 10 per­cent in­cre­ment.

The work­ers also want to be paid an ex­tra al­lowance of M30 per day for pa­trolling, which they have to do ev­ery 15 min­utes while on duty re­gard­less of the pre­vail­ing weather con­di­tions.

The work­ers fur­ther want to be paid a nightly duty al­lowance of M50, which they are cur­rently paid on a monthly ba­sis. And since the na­ture of their job does not al­low them to take time off work for a lunch break as pro­vided for by the labour laws, the work­ers also want an al­lowance of M15 per day as com­pen­sa­tion.

Mr Seoa­holimo said the ini­tial four-day le­gal strike would con­tinue for a fur­ther three days if the em­ployer did not budge to their de­mands. He said it was up to the em­ployer to en­sure the strike was not pro­longed by giv­ing in to their de­mands.

Ef­forts to con­tact Se­cu­rity Un­lim­ited of­fi­cials yes­ter­day were fruit­less.

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