Private security does not comply

2016-04-06 06:00

BLITZ INSPECTIONS in private security companies by the Free State Department of Labour have revealed a high level of non-compliance by companies regarding labour legislation.

The department’s findings reveal a shocking state that out of 26 inspections, only three companies were fully compliant with all prescripts of labour legislation.

The high level of non-compliance was to the Sectoral Determination 6 of the security sector, the Employment Equity and the Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority (PSIRA) prescripts.

This revelation of the situation in the private security sector followed blitz inspections conducted by the department’s Inspections and Enforcement Services from 15 to 17 March at the various security companies in the Free State.

The shocking findings have raised the alarm to the serious risk of non-compliance.

Nomfundo Douw-Jack, provincial chief inspector, has expressed grave concern about such a large number of private security companies failing to comply with labour legislation.

She said the inspection report showed that a lot of work still had to be done to remedy the situation in the private security sector.

As a first step to address the high non-compliance in the private security sector, the department held a two-day seminar last week (30 and 31/03) in Bloemfontein to discuss with stakeholders matters pertaining to the security industry and failure to comply with labour legislation.

Josial Ramokoena, provincial spokesperson, said special training for shop stewards had also been conducted.

It was aimed at capacitating shop stewards with knowledge, insight and information regarding labour legislation.

He said the main objective of the seminar was to improve compliance in the private security sector.

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