Department Of Labour Has Discovered That Security Guards Have Been Exploited By Employers. Some security guards in Mpumalanga have been discovered to be taken advantage of by their employers.
Some security guards in Mpumalanga have been discovered to be taken advantage of by their employers. This was allegedly led by non-compliance with the law by the security companies. According to News24, the Department of Labour has found out that only 23 private security organisations out of the 55 that have been functioning in the province have been following the labour laws that were put into place.
The other 22 organisations have reportedly been unsuccessful in following the labour laws that were put into place. The department stated that some of the organisations have not given their employees payslips or they were unsuccessful in giving the employees yearly bonuses. The employees were owed R432 187 because of being given less than what was needed or because of not getting bonuses. The organisations were given 14 days to adhere to the demands or they would have to look at collateral news.
The Department of labour found out that some organisations were not adhering through its examination of the National Minimum Wage Act, the Unemployment Insurance Fund Act and sectoral determination. Makhosonke Buthelezi, the Department of Labour acting spokeperson, says the investigators discovered that 14 security organisations have breached the Unemployment Insurance Fund Act by not putting their workers in the insurance fund as needed. The acting spokesperson went on to say that 15 employers had been unsuccessful in adhering with the allocations of the Department of Labour’s sectoral determination. This is the primary state of employment for workers in an area. It also includes minimum wage.
Seven other employers were discovered that they did not adhere with the National Minimum Wage Act. “Other issues of non-compliance relate to failure by employers to enter into proper agreements with employees, and the issues of decent work relating to non-issuing of payslips and the failure to pay annual bonuses,” says Makhosonke Buthelezi.
Zoleka Ntshoza, the Department of Labour Deputy Director For Advocacy and Stakeholder Relations says the department has released multiple adherence orders. The Deputy Director For Advocacy and Stakeholder Relations says if the employers don’t follow the adherence orders they will be taken to the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration.
by Alexandra Ramaite