Samwu: Unions must be consulted on insourcing of Tshwane guards

More than 3,000 guards may be left jobless after the city announced that its three-year contracts with private security companies won’t be renewed.

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JOHANNESBURG - Workers union South African Municipal Workers' Union (Samwu) says while it cannot say whether it’s opposed to plans by the City of Tshwane to insource security guards, it says that labour unions must be properly consulted during restructuring.

More than 3,000 guards may be left jobless after the city announced last week that its three-year contracts with private security companies won’t be renewed.

The city says that it plans to use some of the Metro Police Department’s new recruits while a way forward is being sought.

On Tuesday, the guards marched to the Economic Freedom Fighters’ offices in Pretoria demanding answers on why party leaders failed to intervene in the termination of their employment contracts.

Samwu spokesperson Mpho Tladinyane says: “Issues of restructuring and changing of the services must be properly consulted [on]. We can’t say that we agree or disagree with the conditions of the employer because currently, we don’t know anything, we don’t even have a document.”

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)