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KZN Security Employers In R 1,3m Wage Default

by lloyd last modified 2008-09-30 16:49

Scores of security industry bosses in KwaZulu-Natal have been short-changing their employees

Released by Department of Labour on 21 May 2008

Scores of security industry bosses in KwaZulu-Natal have been short-changing their employees by a collective R 1 373 516 in outstanding wages – a direct contravention of the law – since last year.

 

Labour inspectors conducting searches in the province have charged 47 companies with deliberately flouting the law that prescribes a minimum wage in the sector, and ordered them to pay the outstanding wages.

 

Since October 2007, Durban Labour Centre’s Security Sector Task Team has resolved almost 62 percent of the 2 432 complaints lodged by employees and unions for underpayment of wages, non-payment of leave pay, bonuses, Sunday Work, Public holidays and illegal deductions for uniforms.

 

In some cases, it was found that penalties from clients for inferior security services being rendered were illegally deducted from the wages of security officers by the employer.

 

Topping the list of violators in the sector for non-payment of leave and bonuses is Isidingo Security which owes it’s employees more than R409 000, followed by Noluvo Security that owes R306 309, 56, while Indlondlo Security has defaulted by R248 755, 59.

 

The task team was established to focus on the sector as a result of the high level of non-compliance, and has already intensified inspections at companies operating in Durban, Umhlanga, La Lucia, Newlands, Kwa Mashu, Westville, Malvern, Lamontville, Merebank and the Bluff areas.

 

Lack of co-operation from employers, obstruction of labour inspectors from conducting inspections, as well as ignoring of subpoenas has prompted the referral of compliance orders to the Labour Court. The department awaits trial dates for all the cases referred.

 

The department has urged businesses and clients of security companies to check whether employers adhere to labour legislation when tenders are awarded.

 

The minimum monthly wage for security officers as prescribed in the Sectoral Determination for the Security Sector are for Grade A officers(R2991,00 ), Grade B(2544, 00) Grade C (R 2 020, 00), Grade D(1851, 00) and Grade E(1758, 00).




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