Tumelo Waga Dibakwane
The long-awaited new private security prescribed minimum wages will kick-in on 01 October 2018, the Department of Labour announced on Monday. The current prescribed minimum wages in the sector expired on 31 August 2018, with the new sectoral determination supposed to start on 01 September 2018. However, this was delayed due to a pending collective agreement.
Although the sector recently registered at the Bargaining Council, they have not concluded a collective agreement, the department said, adding that the current sectoral determination will still be enforced.
According to the department, the current minimum wage increases for all other categories (e.g. Clerical staff, artisans, control centre operators, drivers, general workers etc.) of employees including Grade A and B security officers, have been determined by utilizing the consumer price index (CPI) plus 1% as stated in the Sectoral Determination which totals to 6.4%.
Labour Deputy Director for Employment Standards, Shaun Feldman, told the hearing that workers and employers in the industry need to make their inputs before the promulgation of the new sectoral determination. Feldman cautioned that the current review comes on the back of tough economic conditions amidst a recession. He said the Bargaining Forum had proposed a 6.7% increase in the new minimum wage determination. The Private Security Sectoral determination applies to every employer and employee in the sector including car guards.
Private Security Sector includes employers and employees associated for the purpose of guarding or protecting: fixed property, premises, goods, persons or employees, in including monitoring and responding to alarms at premises which are guarded by electronic means.
The rates are determined by areas where duty is performed.
Workers in the Private Security are demanding a minimum wage of R7 500.
The workers are threatening a strike if their wish is not granted.