For Immediate Release
11th August 2022
SATAWU ON UNPAID SECURITY SALARIES IN UMHLATHUZE MUNICIPALITY, KZN
The South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (SATAWU) is deeply concerned about the unpaid salaries of security guards in Umhlathuze Municipality in Kwa-Zulu Natal. SATAWU understands that the security Guards are still to be paid their July salaries which were due on the 31st of the month.
This kind of behaviour is very unfortunate, and it comes at a time where the union is currently negotiating and demanding 16% of increment in the security sector. We have been addressing a number of issues that our members face while on duty, such as their safety and other benefits. SATAWU understands that the municipality has paid the service provider (Mafoko Patrols). We are calling on the Municipality to take serious actions against the service provider. They clearly don’t value our members and we are not going to let them get away with this.
The South African Transport and Allied Workers Union has been reliably informed that the security guards are currently on strike and have since closed the municipal buildings. SATAWU is of the view that this is also an inconvenience to the security guards, but it is also affecting service delivery to the community. Service providers who are corrupt and unreliable must and shall never do business with Government.
The Security Sector plays a huge role in this country, and it is still the most undermined and underpaid sector. We will be meeting with the employer, in the security sector on the 16th of August 2022. We want to reassure our members and Workers that we will continue fighting for them and what is due to them. We are calling on Mafoko Patrols (service provider) to pay our people or face consequences of their unacceptable actions towards our Workers.
Issued by SATAWU