Increase of 9.8% in the minimum wage for the lowest paid workers in the sector in the first year. According to ASSA, the security forces are among the most vulnerable in this sector and this agreement has led to an unprecedented positive change in employment conditions in a sector that is one of the largest employers in the country. “As one of the largest employers` organizations in the sector, we take the interests of our employees very seriously, which is why SASA is committed to the process of eliminating infringements in the sector,” says Diavastos. “We are pleased that the unions have worked with us to reach an amicable settlement, and with this successful process, we can focus our efforts on the other issues affecting our sector,” he concluded. “We also say that it is not possible for another employer to regulate and review another employer and expect fair competition. The regulation of the sector must be completely independent of competing interests. We believe that the establishment of the National Bargaining Council in the private security sector is a major challenge for most employers and their employees,” malada said. Mr. Bhembe stated that the bargaining council had been duly formed with seven unions and two employers` organizations, namely the SA National Security Employers` Association (Sansea) and the SA Security Association. He stated that any outside party that opposes collective agreements in the Council has the right, for example, to apply for an exemption if they feel they cannot afford the proposed wages. Among the most important aspects of the collective agreement: the last negotiations under the aegis of the NBFPSS resulted in a one-year contract that formed the basis for the last amendment to the sectoral provision, which came into force in November 2018. “We welcome the outcome of the negotiation process, which will initiate some radical changes in the security sector, and more because all parties have once again contributed to a constructive and friendly process that has led to more than nine years of peace under the framework negotiating agreement,” said Costa Diavastos, ASSA President and Chief Negotiator. which represents the bodies of employers.
“Our goal has always been to do our best to ensure that the industry never again witnesses a repeat of the violent labour strikes we experienced in 2006,” he says. According to the South African Security Association (SASA), which is pleased to announce that it has signed a three-year wage contract with the South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (SATAWU) and 14 other industrial unions, in collaboration with the other employers` organizations (South African National Security Employers Association – SANSEA) and the Congress of South African Private Security (COSAPS).