- The nation's security industry is threatening to strike after wage increase negotiations have entered a deadlock
- The sector says that the intended protest action will have a major impact on businesses across SA
- Unions are adamant that the lowest-paid guards should earn a minimum of R7 500 including benefits
The Democratised Transport Logistics and Allied Workers' Union has warned of a possible strike as negotiations with the security industry reach a stalemate.
150 000 workers in the sector have threatened to take part in the protest with unions SATAWU and KAWU briefing the media on the situation on Wednesday.
The unions explained that the proposed 1.1% increase was an insult to workers, translating to only 23c an hour extra:
"Security Industry wage negotiations have officially deadlocked as of 19 Sept 2019. Employers are offering a pathetic 1.1% wage increase. This isn't more than 0.23 cents an hour. This is the highest form of provocation against security officers, bosses have declared a war."
Instead, unions are calling for a minimum of R7 500 a month, including benefits like medical aid for workers.
This comes as the banking sector is set to engage in a nation-wide protest, with concerns raised over how citizens will access their funds.
Briefly.co.za reported that South African banks have assured customers that they will be able to access their money, despite unions warning otherwise.
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