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joburgcityThe Star reports that, after parading in-sourced security guards at Mary Fitzgerald Square in Newtown, the City of Johannesburg is now being accused of exploitation.  

The Association of Private Security Owners of SA said assertions made by Joburg mayor Herman Mashaba on the benefits of in-sourcing were proving to be contrary to what has transpired since 1,800 security personnel were hired in July.  “The current working conditions faced by the in-sourced employees are tantamount to exploitation practices which were levelled against the private security employers who rendered security services to the city,” union general secretary Moses Malada claimed.  He said that when the employees were appointed by the city, they were contracted to work for 16 days per month.  “They are now subjected to work for more than 22 days without being compensated for overtime, Sundays and holidays.  About 200 of the 1,800 in-sourced employees have not received their salaries since having commenced their duties in July,” Malada said.  Mayoral spokesperson Luyanda Mfeka said the city had resolved that the “payment of allowances be paid in January 2019”.  He denied that 200 employees had not been not paid salaries since July.  He also denied the claim that 3,000 workers had been left in limbo, saying that the city had always communicated that in-sourcing of persons would take a phased approach.

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