Security walkout: police take over

2010-06-15 00:00

POLICE have taken over responsibility for security at World Cup stadiums in Cape Town and Durban after a wage dispute escalated between stewards and a security contractor.

World Cup organisers say they called in the police after Greenpoint stadium staff left their posts last night in a wage dispute with Stallion Security Consortium.

Their action followed a riot by stewards at Durban’s Moses Mabhida stadium after the Germany-Australia match on Sunday night.

Late yesterday, Tebogo Lehlokoe of contractor Stallion Security said the guards were misled by disgruntled rival security companies that did not get the World Cup tender.

“We strongly believe that they have been misled by security companies which did not get the tender.”

Lehlokoe met the disgruntled security guards at the stadium gates.

The talks ended when the police ordered them to disperse, telling them the gathering was illegal. They complied.

Lehlokoe said some security guards apologised for what they had done and pleaded with him to be allowed to continue to work.

It is sad that this decision does not lie with his company, he said.

“It’s up to the police to decide whether they want them in or not because they [security guards] are responsible for the security of the stadium.”

However, other security guards are adamant that their concerns are valid and have to be addressed by their employer.

They claimed that Stallion security failed to tell them how much they would earn.

“This strike could have been avoided a long time ago. We held meetings and we informed our bosses that we had concerns, but they ignored us,” said a security guard who did not want to be named.

He was shocked to learn of the huge disparities in the salaries earned by workers at the different games.

“They just look at you in your face and decide how much you will get.

“Some got R190 and some got R205.

“This was done because there was no agreement on the issue of salaries before we started.”

 

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