Security guards reject slave wages

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ZIMBABWE’S private security guards, for long subjected to slave wages despite the inherent risks associated with their line of duty, have declared that they will not settle for wages below the Poverty Datum Line (PDL) in this year’s wage negotiations set to resume in March.

By Christopher Mahove
Own Correspondent

In an interview with NewsDay yesterday, Philemon Nhema, secretary-general of the Zimbabwe Security Guards Union (Zisegu), said it was only logical that they be given wages that were in line with the PDL, which now stands at $540 per month. Nhema said if other sectors were negotiating based on production levels, then security guards should be paid better than most sectors as they were tasked with guarding the billions of dollars in the country’s financial institutions.

“We are currently holding consultative meetings at branch levels where members are emphasising that nothing short of the PDL will be entertained. If there are going to be any meaningful negotiations, then we will have to start from the PDL,” Nhema said.

The least paid security guard is currently getting $214 per month and housing and transport allowances of $10 and $12 respectively, which Nhema described as a pittance.

He said Zisegu, which was the biggest security guards’ union in the country, with 4 700 members, was currently engaging its mother body, the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) and the Labour and Economic Research Institute of Zimbabwe (Ledriz) to assist with the training of its negotiators.

“We have approached the ZCTU and Ledriz with the view to have them conduct at least a two-day orientation and training programme for our negotiators to adequately prepare them for the negotiations set to start in early March.

“We only started negotiations as Zisegu last year and we want to ensure that this time around our negotiators are able to stand up to the employers,” he said. He said in order to increase visibility countrywide, the union would soon open offices in Masvingo and Gweru, which will bring to five the number of its regional offices across the country.

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    • let them quit and see if there are no takers. This country is on its knees and they are busy complaining. Munochemera ani makavhota ??

  1. In a normal economy all workers should get a wage of above PDL.We are now accoustomed to povert and hunger.that is why legitimate demand like this suprise people like Jasi

  2. @bob jingo uchirevei pakuti mbudzi inodya payakasungirirwa? Usadai uchireva kuda kuba nekuti isu mapurisa ndozvatakagarira vanhu vane misarinya semi.Munoda kutambira mari inodarika yematicha,makadzidza here imi?

  3. ngaiuye isu maguard tilume ndingaramba izvozvo chete kuripwa, kuripwa kugara ndichingodya zvangu hahahah vakomana ndiani angazvikoniwa izvozvo ; uchingoverenga dzichingopfuura mwedzi wopera zvonzi inda unotora 540 maiweeeeee ngaiuyeeee zvayooooo vaNhemaaaaaa

  4. Zisegu chitomhanyayi mhanyayi, June arikuuya munorara pazhe futi imi neglobal warming dzakwirawo kunge inflation munofa mose nekuwanda ikoko

  5. Zisegu mangamagarisa muchingodya mari makanyarara mukati momboseredzera muchitaurawo something.tatomirira maresults acho.

  6. This is continuation to my previous article: thats why Chinos is my icon.Haadududze.Vanhu vachiseka asi zvaanoda zvinoitwa chete.WAKE UP ZISEGU.Tinoda Chinotimba pakati penyu.Hazvidi chikoro izvi.Bvunzai Chinos kuti anozvigona sei moronda matsimba.

  7. Zisegu rambai makabopa!! Kana zvaramba then strike! Kana yava strike, isu mbavha tosekerera!! Toita laff all the way to the piro(Not bank)!!!

  8. Its high time this these guards share what they smoke. For their companies to give them $540, yhey have to charge at least $1 000 pavanogadha 12 hours meaning $2000 for 24 hours. Companies will simply employ their in house guards. They are not brain surgeons.

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