WINDHOEK: Over 100 security guards of Windhoek-based Sitore Security Company downed tools on Wednesday due to the alleged non-payment of salaries for the past three months.
The disgruntled guards gathered in big numbers at one of the company’s houses at the corner of Tjikati and Richard Kamuhuka streets in Katutura, demanding that manager Johnny Sitore pays their outstanding salaries with immediate effect.
“We did not receive any salary payments for the months of June, July and August this year. We are bringing in a lot of money for the company with our services every month, but the management of Sitore Security Company is refusing to pay us for the excellent work done,” complained some of the protesting security guards Nampa spoke to this afternoon.
They claim that they are ‘sick and tired’ of being told to wait, asking until when do they have to wait for the payment of their salaries.
“We cannot feed our families and pay rental bills due to the non-payment of our salaries,” they complained.
The security guards further maintained that the management team allegedly only paid the salaries of some staff members who are reportedly relatives and friends of Sitore, while sidelining the majority of the workforce.
The security guards vowed to remain at the premises until the company pays them their outstanding salaries.
Sitore could not be reached on his mobile phone, despite several attempts.
Members of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s Anti-Riot Unit and City Police members were also visible at the company’s house for the strict maintenance of law and order.