South African Private Security Industry employer bodies have signed a three-year wage agreement with trade unions‚ which includes a 9.8% increase to the minimum wage for the lowest paid workers in the sector in the first year. The agreement is subject to promulgation by the Minister of Labour‚ effective from 1 September 2015.
Signatories are employer groups, the Security Association of South Africa (SASA)‚ South African National Security Employers Association (SANSEA) and the Congress of South African Private Security (COSAPS)‚ and 15 industry trade unions including the South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (SATAWU).
“We are pleased with the outcome of the negotiation process‚ that will usher in some radical changes in the security industry‚ and even more so because all parties have once again contributed to a constructive and amicable process‚ which has resulted in more than nine years of industrial peace under the Negotiation Framework Agreement‚” Costa Diavastos‚ president of SASA and chief negotiator‚ representing the employer bodies‚ said in a statement. The sector had seen violent industrial strike action in 2006.