MEMBERS of the Zimbabwe Security Guards’ Union (ZISEGU) have threatened to demonstrate against their employers’ mother body, Security Association of Zimbabwe (SAZ), which they accused of negotiating in bad faith.
BY Christopher Mahove
The guards, however, will have to seek clearance at the High Court after the Zimbabwe Republic Police turned down their notice to demonstrate.
ZISEGU secretary-general Philemon Nhema said the union would file papers at the High Court today seeking an interdict barring the police from interfering with their planned demonstration.
“We are going ahead with the demonstration on April 30, but we have to first apply to the High Court for clearance so that our members are protected. The tone used by the police in their response to our notification is so threatening that we have to make sure we have the backing of the court so that our members are not brutalised,” he said.
In a letter dated April 8, 2015, addressed to the Officer Commanding Police (Mbare), Nhema said it was within their right to demonstrate in terms of Sections 58 and 59 of the Zimbabwean Constitution.
“Among our demands are the need to have our wages reviewed to meet with the current living standards, an immediate end to casualisation of labour, protective clothing and proper sanitary facilities. We also demand from our employers, reasonable allowances for housing and transport,” he said.
Nhema said they had been negotiating with employers for the past 12 months over the issue of living conditions but the employers had been turning a deaf ear.