WINDHOEK: The Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare is urging all security companies in the country to effect the minimum wage for entry level security officers as agreed upon with no further delay.
The ministry’s public relations officer, Paulus Ashipala announced in a media statement here on Monday morning that the minimum wage for entry level security guards was Gazetted on 10 September 2012.
The Gazetting of the minimum wage for entry level security guards follows a collective agreement that was signed on 08 June this year at the ministry’s head office in Khomasdal.
The minimum wage increase is effective from the date on which the agreement was Gazetted, and the agreement covers a period of two years, commencing from the date it is Gazetted in the Government Gazette.
Ashipala explained that under the collective agreement between the security companies and a trade union representing security guards, the minimum wage for entry level security guards increased from N.dollars 3.80 per hour to N.dollars 5 per hour, and N.dollars 4 shift bonus.
The agreement stipulates that 10.5 hours and more will be regarded as a full shift.
It further specifies that employers shall provide all their employees with uniforms, and employers shall retain from their employees N.dollars 300 as deposit for uniforms.
The employers shall refund the N.dollars 300 deposit to the employee at the time of the employee’s terminating of service, and upon the employee returning the full uniform to the employer.
It was further agreed that the employer, at his/her expense, shall exchange the uniform of each employee.
These, according to Ashipala, are two pairs of trousers yearly, two shirts/blouses yearly, a hat/cap yearly when applicable, a tie every second year when applicable, shoulder flashes every second year when applicable, a blazer every third year when applicable, as well as a jersey yearly when applicable.