Private security unions are set to meet employers at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) tomorrow, 7 November, for a last-ditch effort to reach a settlement.
Parties last met at the CCMA on 23 October, when employers put a 7.18% increase offer on the table. The offer was, however, rejected as it did not come close to the salary adjustment workers are seeking. Workers are adamant they want a salary adjustment to R7 500 for Grade C officers, R8 000 for Grade B and R8 500 for Grade A officers. Currently security officers are paid R4 377, R4 981 and R5 558 respectively.
Employers’ latest offer translates to a R314 increase for each of the three years of the proposed agreement and would ultimately see Grade C officers paid R5 320 by the third year.
The CCMA commissioner directed the parties to negotiate picketing rules in the interim.
The nine unions with seats within the bargaining council have a collective membership of 150 000 out of the almost 500 000 total industry workforce. Negotiations started in August.