Security association goes after NEFF

The Security Association of Namibia (SAN) has condemned an illegal strike allegedly called by the Namibia Economic Freedom Fighters (NEFF) on Monday at the Namibia Protective Services Parade after workers called the gone to help them with wage claims and other benefits.

The workers are demanding wage increases from the current 8 to 10 Namibian dollars to 100 Namibian dollars an hour. They also require contributions for a pension and that the company contributes 65% and the workers 35%.

“We demand a fixed salary of N$10,000 for the drivers; that the company allows workers to continue their studies; and that the company pay workers for work-related injuries and medical expenses when workers are injured on the job,” read some of the workers’ demands.

They also want danger pay of N$2,000 per month and an annual bonus.

In a statement to the media, SAN Chairman Dawid Nuuyoma said the incident may seem minor, but it had economic and legal implications on the provision of contractual services.

“The SAN strongly distances itself from such actions and we deem them unconstitutional, in accordance with Labor Law No. 11 of 2007, and urges all security guards employed by its members to refrain from participating in illegal strikes, as such acts or actions may lead to severe internal disciplinary action,” Nuuyoma said.

He advised political parties and aggrieved employees to approach company executives to resolve issues amicably.

Namibia Protection Services (NPS) acting chief executive Fanie Horn said in a statement that his company was taking steps to resolve the issue.

“We distance ourselves from any unlawful actions taken by NEFF and wish to reassure our customers, as well as the public who enjoy a safe and secure environment, that NPS will continue to serve its customers in an ethical and responsible manner,” said Horn.

An unflappable NEFF commissioner for economic affairs, Michael Amushelelo, said they responded to a call from employees who had already downed tools on Monday.

“As a result, the company acted quickly as it is the largest security company in Namibia. The company deployed its interim CEO, who came to the parade. We agreed on a meeting with the company, which was run by NEFF with the workers,” Amushelelo said.

He added that NEFF is also not fazed by SAN.

“The workers are very happy with us. The security union is clearly afraid of losing members because for years it has been sucking our people and doing absolutely nothing. There are several companies that don’t pay security guards and they don’t force them to comply,” Amushelelo said.

NEFF has given the company until tomorrow to respond to workers’ demands or they will embark on a national strike.

Andrew B. Reiter