Tsh­wane guards want per­ma­nent jobs, pay rise

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MORE than 300 se­cu­rity guards gath­ered in Church Square, Pre­to­ria, yes­ter­day be­fore march­ing to the new coun­cil chambers de­mand­ing per­ma­nent po­si­tions and salary in­cre­ments.

The work­ers claim the Tsh­wane mu­nic­i­pal­ity plans to re­trench more than 3 000 se­cu­rity guards and re­place them with newly trained Tsh­wane metro po­lice cadets. They are also de­mand­ing that their monthly salaries be ad­justed to R10 000.

Isaac Ng­wenya, a se­cu­rity guard and leader of the march, said they had tried to com­mu­ni­cate with the mayor sev­eral times, but had been un­suc­cess­ful.

“What we want is for the mayor to sit down with us and we come with a proper so­lu­tion that will not af­fect the lives of peo­ple. How can 3 000 peo­ple be re­trenched to stay at home? We are bread­win­ners and we have fam­i­lies to feed.”

The group also ac­cused mayor Solly Msi­manga of ly­ing and ig­nor­ing their de­mands de­spite writ­ing him sev­eral let­ters. “He is busy telling the me­dia that we are sent by dif­fer­ent po­lit­i­cal par­ties to cause dis­trac­tion. We are not from the ANC, EFF or rep­re­sent­ing any po­lit­i­cal party; we are here as work­ers.”

Themba Ncalo, from the Gen­eral In­dus­tries Work­ers Union of South Africa, said the prob­lem which sparked the dis­sat­is­fac­tion among the se­cu­rity guards was the neg­a­tive treat­ment from the mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

“We are call­ing on the mu­nic­i­pal­ity to in­source the se­cu­rity guards rather than dump­ing them in the street.

“If Solly and his coun­cil are not go­ing to in­source these peo­ple, we are go­ing to dis­rupt the ANC na­tional con­fer­ence in De­cem­ber.”

The union threat­ened to shut down mu­nic­i­pal cen­tres, in­clud­ing li­cens­ing de­part­ments.

“If we suf­fo­cate the money that is sup­posed to come to the mu­nic­i­pal­ity, it will be a lan­guage that they will un­der­stand,” Ncalo said.

The mayor’s of­fice dis­missed the claims made by the se­cu­rity guards.

“To­day’s protest ac­tion comes as a sur­prise.

“In deal­ing with the is­sue of se­cu­rity guards, it is im­por­tant to note that the city coun­cil could not con­tinue pay­ing in ex­cess of R200 mil­lion a year to the ex­ist­ing se­cu­rity com­pa­nies. It is well known that R200m a year is sim­ply un­sus­tain­able for the coun­cil when there are other, more af­ford­able op­tions at our dis­posal,” Msi­manga said. – ANA

PIC­TURE: THOBILE MATHONSI

DIS­CON­TENT: For­mer se­cu­rity guards who worked for com­pa­nies that were con­tracted by the City of Tsh­wane marched to the of­fice of mayor Solly Msi­mang de­mand­ing to be in­sourced by the mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

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