31.07.2017

Weekly News Update

Credit: http://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2017/07/27/private-guards-threaten-strike-demand-18-pay-rise-uhuru-ordered_c1605313 Photo: © Collins Kweyu

South Africa (21.07.17): Approximately 250 workers at iMvula Quality Protection declared that they were suspended for protesting over their poor working conditions and low wages. iMvula Quality Protection provides security services to the City of Cape Town and other private companies. A company employee, Brenda Reddy, conveyed that the 250 workers went on an unprotected strike and as a result, iMvula received an interdict against them from the Labour Court. 

 

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Australia (21.07.17): A 27-year-old man from Berwick, Melbourne had been charged with more than 130 offences after he allegedly worked as an unlicensed security guard. He has been charged with 67 counts of possessing a handgun without a licence, 67 counts of acting as a security guard without a licence and two counts of using and attempting to use a false document. According to the police, the private security company that the man worked for has had its corporate firearm and private security business licences suspended as it is their responsibility to ensure that their employees have appropriate and valid paperwork. 

 

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Kenya (27.07.17):  Several security firms have been threatened with a potential lawsuit by private security workers for not adhering to a mandatory salary increase of 18% as directed by the President in May. President Uhuru Kenyatta increased the minimum wage bill for all workers by 18% to cushion them against rising inflation but most security firms have defied the directive. During a press conference in Nairobi, Isaac Andabwa, the Kenya National Private Security Workers Union Secretary General, declared that private security officers will withdraw their services on August 14 until their salaries have been increased.

 

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