Labour unions in the private security sector have rejected employers’ revised offer made during conciliation at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA).
Employers said the 7.18% wage increase they put on the table today was the final offer after two previous offers of 1.1% and 5% were rejected outright by unions who were seeking a salary adjustment to R7 500 for Grade C officers, who are the lowest paid, R8 000 for Grade B and R8500 for Grade A officers. Currently security officers are paid R4 377, R4 981 and R5 558 respectively.
The latest offer equates to R314 for each year of the proposed three-year agreement and would ultimately see Grade C officers paid R5 320 by the third year.
Given the stalemate, the CCMA commissioner directed parties to finalise picketing rules before the next seating on 7 November.
Negotiations between the nine unions with seats in the national bargaining council and employer associations started on 15 August. The unions have a 150 000 strong collective membership in the industry which employ close on 500 000 workers.