Over R75 million fraudulently deducted from private security workers' salaries - unions

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Awu's Zithulise Mqadi, Kawu's Khumbulani Moyo, Satawu's Philemon Bhembe and Numsa's Frederick Mabasa.
Awu's Zithulise Mqadi, Kawu's Khumbulani Moyo, Satawu's Philemon Bhembe and Numsa's Frederick Mabasa.
Palesa Dlamini


Trade unions in the private security sector have accused employers of continuously swindling workers. They say that in the last 10 months, more than R75 million has been "fraudulently deducted from their salaries". 

This was revealed by trade unions, including the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa), Kungwini Amalgamated Workers Union (Kawu), Abanqobi Workers Union (AWU) as well as the SA Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu), during a media briefing in Sandton on Wednesday. 

According to the unions, although security companies, including those controlled by government, dock their employees' salaries every month for benefits, such as medical aid, workers are unable to access healthcare and other perks as these are not paid over to the service providers. 

At least 30 000 private security guards have been affected, said the unions. 

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