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Tshau Protection Security members barricaded the Bushbuckrige Local Municipality’s head offices on Monday morning in protest against their employers and the municipality…

Tshau Protection Security officers shut down their place of work, the Bushbuckridge Local Municipality’s head office earlier today, in protest against their employers and the municipality.

The protesters say they’ve had enough of being treated unfairly, “our rights as human beings are being taken for granted, and it’s about time we voice out our issues, hoping to get the necessary help”, Thabo Makondo, one of the officers, said.

“We’ve been working for the company since last year in July, but then even today, our complaints still remain the same”, Makondo added.

Makondo, and many of his other colleagues in solidarity against their employers mentioned that they’re not happy about their salaries,and that they do not receive any bonus & overtime payments.

The employees added that the company had already deployed other members to work at the municipality, however also reiterated that no department at the Municipality’s head offices will operate until the their concerns are addressed.

“We’ve been requesting the Municipality’s intervention on all our issues, but then they haven’t done anything, our rights are undermined here”, Makondo further said.

This comes after the employees asked for a working relationship between their employees and their union, SATAWU (South African Transport & Allied Worker’s Union), which Tshau allegedly failed to comply.The workers further said that it is their democratic right to have a union as their representative, and that the actions of their company do not comply with those of the Private Security Industry Regulations Act (PSIRA).

“We note with great disappointment the plight our security personnel are going through. The security personnel are appointed by private companies that are contracted by the municipality and not contracted security companies are having challenges with their employees. The municipality tries by all means to pay the security companies on time , whom in turn are expected to pay their employees as such”, the municiality’s communications head Aubrey Mnisi said.

“We have asked the appointed security service provider to urgently resolve their challenges with their respective employees. And we believe the matter shall be resolved by Tuesday 11 December”, Mnisi added.

Tshau Protection Services operations manager, Mr Joseph Ndou said; “we were dealing with a matter of organisational rights whereby the workers wanted to introduce SATAWU, and we were in the process of negotiating,and during the negotiations, SATAWU declared a protest for that purpose, but what we have done so far is that we have given them the organisational rights,I actually signed the document today and sent it back to their union, meaning that anything else concerning the employees’ rights would be something that will be discussed.”

SATAWU could not be reached for comment on whether they’vereceived the signed document from Tshau or not.

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