|Minimum wage for security workers|
|Written by Augetto Graig|
|Wednesday, 13 June 2012 22:29|
A significant week has passed in the fight to secure basic human dignity and a minimum wage for the most vulnerable members of the Namibian workforce. The Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare has announced that a collective agreement for a minimum wage to apply to entry level security officers.
The Security Association of Namibia (SAN), the Namibia Transport and Allied Workers Union (NATAU), the Namibia Security Guards and Watchman Union (NASGWU) and the Namibia Independent Security Union signed the agreement. The agreement is to be extended to all employees and employers within the industry over the next two years, effective from the start of July. The agreement provides that entry-level security workers shall in future receive N$5 per hour, up from N$3.80 and also N$4 shift bonus, whereby a full shift is defined at 10,5 hours. Any guard who does not complete the full shift or is guilty of misconduct during the shift will forfeit the shift bonus. All employees will also in future receive a uniform from the employer for which the employer will retain N$300 deposit, refundable when the employee returns the uniform upon termination of employment. The signing parties also agreed to research a pension scheme for security guards and to present feedback on the issue by December this year.
Meanwhile the Ministry and the Wages Commission urged all interested persons and the public at large to make written representations concerning the terms and conditions of employment for domestic workers. The submissions should be delivered to the Wages Commission on Domestic Workers no later than 30 July 2012.
|Last Updated on Friday, 15 June 2012 13:51|