The Association of Private Security Owners of South Africa (TAPSOSA) is dismayed by the blindsided stance taken by unions who are chosen to represent workers in the bargaining council.
These unions continuous support of decisions made by employer parties at the expense of workers is contrary to what the bargaining council has set out as its objective of improving the working conditions and salaries of security workers.
This is without applying their minds that this exemption did not comply with the clause 27.4.3 of the bargaining council constitution which requires employers to extensively consult with the affected employees on the exemption before bringing it to the bargaining council.
This includes taking into cognisance that the businesses who are members of the applicants are not the same in size and therefore the question of affordability cannot be uniform.
The Appeal Body granted that the provident fund contribution be reduced by 2.5% from the employer and 2.5% from the employee leaving the lowest paid and vulnerable workers to only invest 5% towards retirement as the other 5% is reserved for other associated costs.
TAPSOSA remains resolute that this bargaining council is a scam designed to defraud and exploit the vulnerable security officers.
If employers are exempted to pay increases and reduce provident fund contribution, why are employees not exempted from paying the bargaining council subscription fee as they also cannot afford.
Instead of focusing on addressing these fundamental worker issues, these unions are being used to target and marginalise other employers who refuse to associate themselves with these shenanigans.
In their campaigns, they call on the National Treasury to terminate contracts of security companies who they label as “black boers”.
This is done to portray black employers as the worst exploiters whilst their white counterparts are praised and celebrated as the Messiah.
They even do not shy away from making reckless statements in the media, labelling black employers as enemies progress for exercising their rights to not support the bargaining council as it was clear from the beginning that its purpose is to be used as a machinery to intervene on tender processes in favour of those who refuse to transform and those who are fortunate to be represented in this institution.
SALT Employee Benefits was licenced by the Financial Service Conduct Authority (FSCA) to administer provident and pension funds not bargaining councils.
Some of these employees were dismissed on Friday for raising their concerns on being forced to do work for the bargaining council which is regulated by the Labour Relations Act instead of the Provident Fund regulated by the Pension Fund Act.
These workers should be applauded for taking a principled decision to not be used to carry out nefarious activities of certain factions who are hellbent to destroy the businesses of the historical disadvantage group.
There is no dispute that this industry is dominated by the previously disadvantage group both in terms of the employers and employees.
For the Minister of Employment and Labour to allow abnormal processes to continue under his watch is disappointing and needs serious attention.
Marginalised employers cannot allow themselves to be subjected to unacceptable and demeaning conditions with no regard to democratic processes as enshrined in our country’s constitution.