The Congress of South African Trade Unions, jointly with SATAWU in the NW, condemns the treatment that is given to workers employed by most of the security companies that are doing business with our own government.
COSATU and SATAWU have been informed that most of them are not complying with all the laws of RSA, in terms of paying workers according to the sectoral determination for security workers and providing those workers with protection during the night. Workers are working 24 hours with no payment they are working over six months without being paid but companies continue to get paid from our government departments such as health, education, agriculture and many others.
We calling on all the security companies that are doing business with government to pay workers what is due to them and to comply with all the laws of the RSA now. Workers must be provided with relevant security protective clothes, protection during the night and proper accommodation during working hours, in particular during the night.
We call on the Department of Labour and all government departments to start investigations into all those security companies who are doing business with them to produce proof of compliance and proof of payment to those poor workers.
We are also informed that most of the security companies instruct workers not to join SATAWU but call on them to join fly-by-night unions that are called lsquojang bass’. Almost all those workers who are employed are threatened with dismissal when the join union of their choice.
We are doing mass mobilisation of all security workers in the NW, jointly with SATAWU, and urge all security workers, organised and unorganised, to take up mass action against those companies. We will name and shame them very soon and demand that their contracts with government be terminated immediately. The departments in which security workers are most exploited in the NW are education and health. We call those MECs and HODs to act with speed.
We call on all security workers to report all their ill-treatment to the nearest SATAWU local office or to the COSATU locals. Workers are aised not to keep quiet when they are treated badly by bosses who are mostly African capitalists who do not care about their black brothers who are exploited by them daily while they are making lot of money.
Source : Congress of South African Trade Unions