Thursday, March 23, 2006

Security guards on strike

Tens of thousands of security guards from 13 unions embark on a two-day nationwide strike today for higher wages and better working conditions. It is estimated that more than100-thousand union members will take part in the strike. The industrial action follows failed wage negotiations that started in October last year. Unions are demanding an 11 percent across-the-board increase and an additional four percent increase for the lowest-paid workers. Labour minister Membathisi Mdladlana has urged those involved to return to talking and seek an amicable solution.

Earlier, the Democratic Alliance said there was little doubt the strike would disrupt the services of private security companies. It said the onus was on the police to work closely with private security companies to ensure that a security vacuum does not develop.

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