Pay in­crease for SE­CU­RITY OF­fi­CERS

Inner City Gazette - - News - By Staff Re­porter news@in­ner-city-gazette.co.za

The long-awaited new pri­vate se­cu­rity pre­scribed min­i­mum wages kicked-in on 01 Oc­to­ber 2018, the De­part­ment of Labour an­nounced. The pre­vi­ous pre­scribed min­i­mum wages in the sec­tor ex­pired on 31 Au­gust 2018, with the new sec­toral de­ter­mi­na­tion sup­posed to start on 01 Septem­ber 2018. How­ever, this was de­layed due to a pend­ing col­lec­tive agree­ment.

Although the sec­tor re­cently regis­tered at the Bar­gain­ing Coun­cil, they have not con­cluded a col­lec­tive agree­ment, the de­part­ment said, adding that the cur­rent sec­toral de­ter­mi­na­tion will still be en­forced.

Ac­cord­ing to the de­part­ment, the cur­rent min­i­mum wage in­creases for all other cat­e­gories (e.g. Cler­i­cal staff, ar­ti­sans, con­trol cen­tre op­er­a­tors, driv­ers, gen­eral work­ers etc.) of em­ploy­ees in­clud­ing Grade A and B se­cu­rity of­fi­cers, have been de­ter­mined by utiliz­ing the con­sumer price in­dex (CPI) plus 1% as stated in the Sec­toral De­ter­mi­na­tion which to­tals to 6.4%.

Grade C, D and E is pre­de­ter­mined rates as per Pri­vate Se­cu­rity Sec­toral De­ter­mi­na­tion pub­lished in the Gov­ern­ment Gazette no: 39156 dated 1 Septem­ber 2015 which was signed as part of the three­year min­i­mum wage de­ter­mi­na­tion.

The new min­i­mum wage for se­cu­rity of­fi­cers in Area A which con­sti­tutes ma­jor met­ro­pol­i­tan ar­eas will be R5 209 (2016: R4 896), Grade B is R4 668 (2016: R4 387 and Grade C is R4 102 (2016: R3 797) and D and E is R4 102 (2016: R3 792).

While the new min­i­mum wage for se­cu­rity of­fi­cers in Area 2 (all other ar­eas) for Grade A will be R4 323, Grade B is R3 934 and Grade C, D and E is R3 414.

Area A in­cludes ma­jor met­ro­pol­i­tan ar­eas such as: Al­ber­ton, Bel­lville, Benoni, Boks­burg, Bloemfontein, Brak­pan, Cam­per­down, Chatsworth, Dur­ban, East Lon­don, Ger­mis­ton, Good­wood, Inanda, Jo­han­nes­burg, Kemp­ton Park, Kim­ber­ley, Klerks­dorp, Kuils River, Mitchell’s Plain, Nigel, Ober­holzer, Paarl, Pi­eter­mar­itzburg, Pine­town, Port El­iz­a­beth, Pre­to­ria, Rand­burg, Rand­fontein, Rood­e­poort, Sa­sol­burg, Si­mon’s Town, Som­er­set West, Springs, Stel­len­bosch, Strand, The Cape, Uiten­hage, Van­der­bi­jl­park, Vereenig­ing, We­stonaria, Won­der­boom, and Wyn­berg.

The an­nounce­ment was made at the end of the Pri­vate Se­cu­rity pub­lic hear­ing held in Kim­ber­ley, North­ern Cape which is re­view­ing the cur­rent pre­scribed min­i­mum wages and con­di­tions of em­ploy­ment for the Pri­vate Se­cu­rity Sec­tor.

Labour Deputy Di­rec­tor for Em­ploy­ment Stan­dards, Shaun Feld­man, told the hear­ing that work­ers and em­ploy­ers in the in­dus­try need to make their in­puts be­fore the pro­mul­ga­tion of the new sec­toral de­ter­mi­na­tion. Feld­man cau­tioned that the cur­rent re­view comes on the back of tough eco­nomic con­di­tions amidst a re­ces­sion.

He said the Bar­gain­ing Fo­rum had pro­posed a 6.7% in­crease in the new min­i­mum wage de­ter­mi­na­tion.

The Pri­vate Se­cu­rity Sec­toral de­ter­mi­na­tion ap­plies to ev­ery em­ployer and em­ployee in the sec­tor in­clud­ing car guards.

Pri­vate Se­cu­rity Sec­tor in­cludes em­ploy­ers and em­ploy­ees as­so­ci­ated for the pur­pose of guard­ing or pro­tect­ing: fixed prop­erty, premises, goods, per­sons or em­ploy­ees, in in­clud­ing mon­i­tor­ing and re­spond­ing to alarms at premises which are guarded by elec­tronic means.

The rates are de­ter­mined by ar­eas where duty is per­formed.

Work­ers in the Pri­vate Se­cu­rity are de­mand­ing a min­i­mum wage of R7 500.

The City of Jo­han­nes­burg is com­mit­ted to pro­vid­ing skills devel­op­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties, not only for its em­ploy­ees, but also for the youth of Jo­han­nes­burg. This com­mit­ment is sup­ported by the City’s ap­proved train­ing and devel­op­ment pol­icy, which makes pro­vi­sion for a bur­sary scheme as a strate­gic mech­a­nism to help stu­dents who in­tend to pur­sue aca­demic stud­ies at recog­nised ter­tiary in­sti­tu­tions in South Africa.

The scheme funds un­der­grad­u­ate stud­ies to the tune of R25 000 a year.

In a state­ment the City says, “we un­der­stand and fully ap­pre­ci­ate the chal­lenges that young peo­ple face when they want to en­roll for a de­gree or diploma at in­sti­tu­tions of higher learn­ing.

“This is com­pounded by high rates of unem­ploy­ment in the coun­try as a whole. Many of our res­i­dents, es­pe­cially our youth, have to bear this on a daily ba­sis. On our part, the City is of­fer­ing 100 bur­saries for the 2019 aca­demic year.

“This will help our youth to up­grade their skills and im­prove their prospects for em­ploy­ment. “While these spaces are lim­ited, we en­cour­age ev­ery young per­son to ap­ply.

“This year’s bur­sary ap­pli­ca­tions opened on Tues­day, 25 Septem­ber and will close on Fri­day, 12 Oc­to­ber 2018. Forms can also be col­lected from the Metro Cen­tre in Braam­fontein, down­loaded from the City’s web­site www.joburg.org. za, City’s Face­book/Twit­ter pages and the Uni­ver­sity of Jo­han­nes­burg por­tal.

“Pref­er­ence will be given to South African cit­i­zens, who per­ma­nently re­side in Jo­han­nes­burg and in­tend to pur­sue full-time un­der­grad­u­ate stud­ies in one of the fol­low­ing fields: Sci­ences, Fi­nance, En­gi­neer­ing and Man­age­ment.

The key cri­te­ria gov­ern­ing the award of the City’s bur­sary in­clude:

· Aca­demic merit;

· Con­fir­ma­tion of res­i­dence in Jo­han­nes­burg; and

Fi­nan­cial need. ·

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