Guards in strike threat over wages
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.