Guards in strike threat over wages

The New Age (Gauteng) - - FRONT PAGE - SHONISANI TSHIKALANGE shon­isanit@the­newage.co.za

AT LEAST 200 se­cu­rity guards at Kala­fong Hos­pi­tal and Boph­e­long Clinic in At­teridgeville have threat­ened to strike over un­paid wages.

The guards said their em­ployer, Guard 4 Sure Se­cu­rity, failed to pay their salaries for the past three months.

Their union, Apsa, in­ter­vened and the em­ployer agreed to pay the work­ers R1 500 each im­me­di­ately and promised to pay the out­stand­ing amount by the end of this month.

Apsa gen­eral sec­re­tary Boi­tumelo Senokoane said the union is in talks with all stake­hold­ers, in­clud­ing the health de­part­ment.

“We dis­cov­ered the de­part­ment had paid the em­ployer. Not pay­ing the em­ploy­ees was a clear sign of ex­ploita­tion,” Senokoane said.

Health de­part­ment spokesper­son Le­se­mang Mu­tuka promised to probe the mat­ter.

A se­cu­rity guard at Kala­fong Hos­pi­tal, who did not want to be named for fear of reprisals, said they had not been paid since Fe­bru­ary.

They were paid only R1 500 each last week fol­low­ing the in­ter­ven­tion by their trade union.

The em­ployer promised to pay the to­tal amount to each guard on Fri­day.

He said he earned R5500 a month but only af­ter hav­ing worked over­time.

Mu­tuka said work­ing at the hos­pi­tal was the only way to sup­port his fam­ily.

“The union con­fronted the man who owns the se­cu­rity com­pany and the man­age­ment of Kala­fong Hos­pi­tal,” he said.

“The hos­pi­tal man­age­ment con­firmed that the money was paid to the owner of the se­cu­rity com­pany. They even pro­vided proof of pay­ment.”

Mean­while se­cu­rity of­fi­cers at the Steve Biko Aca­demic hos­pi­tal aban­doned their posts last Thurs­day fol­low­ing ir­reg­u­lar monthly pay­ments from their em­ployer.

The ag­grieved work­ers threat­ened to shut the hos­pi­tal en­trances and in­sisted they ex­pe­ri­enced ir­reg­u­lar pay­ments from the con­trac­tor, Born To Pro­tect, since 2014.

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