Striking guards get the axe

2010-06-17 09:08

Angry and hoping against hope. That was the mood among World Cup

stadium security guards in Durban who this morning heard they had been

fired.


Axed security guard Gugu Dlamini said: “We have been fired. I am

angry and I believe it was wrong of us to strike. It is sad that they have fired

us. I thought that they would allow us to continue working.”


Dlamini was in Stamford Hill Road at the offices of Stallion

Security, the company which hired 2000 people as guards for the Moses Mabhida

Stadium during the World Cup. It was not clear how many of them were

fired.


The guards were there to collect their wages this morning and were

asked to hand in their company uniforms. They went on strike on Monday over low

wages and were replaced by police officers.


Dlamini said: “It is amazing how easy it is to lose a job. I

believe that we should have continued to work while negotiations were taking

place.”


Thandi Mthembu said the situation could have been resolved if they

had a union representing them.


She said: “The strike was led by people who had no knowledge. We

had no representatives who held talks with the employers. The only thing we did

was protest the whole day.”


Mthembu also accused Stallion Security of failing to handle their

grievances professionally: “They failed to clarify why people earned different

wages. The contracts we signed also did not say how much we would earn.”


Stallion was not immediately available for comment.
 

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