boardroomtableSowetanLive reports that unions representing security guards have urged the government to intervene in their protracted mediation process with their employers to avoid a full-blown security sector strike.  

On Wednesday, unions entered a second day of mediation after wage negotiations with employers collapsed on 19 September.  Security guards, who earn between R4,300 and just over R5,000 depending on their grades, are demanding that they be paid between R7,500 and R8,500 a month.  Employers have offered 1.1%, which translates to 23 cents per hour across the board.  Unions have described the wage offer by the bosses as pathetic and unacceptable.  Democratised Transport Logistics and Allied Workers' Union (Detawu) general secretary Vusi Ntshangase said all unions in the sector were united in their demand for a living wage.  He warned that banks, malls, factories and mines would be left unguarded if the strike were to take place.  About 420,000 workers could strike if no deal is reached.  “That is why we call upon even government through minister of labour Thulas Nxesi to treat this issue as serious and put some sense into the heads of employers.  South Africa cannot afford such massive disruption," Ntshangase said.  Among the unions involved are the SA Transport and Allied Workers’ Union, SA National Security Officers Forum, Kungwini Amalgamated Workers Union and Democratic Union of Security Workers.

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