Upon reporting for work yesterday, some security guards from Marine Security were shocked to receive their December pay slips depicting a zero balance, despite having been on duty throughout the whole festive season.
This despite a resolution signed and witnessed by deputy labour minister Alpheus Muheua, between a security union and the Security Association of Namibia (SAN), representing the employers in December of 2013 not to deduct from the salaries of security guards who went on strike in late December.
Two of the pay slips seen by Informanté from Marine Security for the month of December indicate a zero balance, despite the guards earning a monthly salary of N$1 400. A communique Corné Meyer of Marine Security released to the secretary-general of the Namibian Security Guard and Watchmen Union (NASGWU) David Frans, indicated that all her guards will be paid by Friday.
The security strike which took place on 19 December 2013 in Windhoek culminated from dissatisfied security guards who were protesting against SAN’s withdrawal from the Namibian Security Labour Forum (NSLF), a body consisting of SAN, the NASGWU, and the Ministry of Labour as the facilitator.
According to David, the withdrawal of SAN from the NSLF, which set the maximum wage for security guards at N$5 an hour in September 2012, is primarily aimed at avoiding a further minimum wage increment which the three bodies agreed will be renegotiated during the course of 2014.
In a withdrawal motivation letter from NSLF to the then minister of Labour Immanuel Ngatjizeko from the president of SAN Dries Kannemeyer dated 6 November 2012, the association reasoned that it does not have the majority representation of security companies in Namibia.
“As a result, the negotiating team conisting of SAN members are blamed for reasons such as being biased in terms of the unions, and do not take the wellbeing of security companies into consideration during increases” the letter reads.