By Nation Reporter
EMPLOYEES of G4S, one of the biggest security companies in the country, have gone on a nation-wide go-slow, accusing management of not addressing their concerns.
Workers who gathered outside the company’s head office on Mukwa road in Lusaka, said they had not received a salary increment for more than four years and their leave days had been forfeited.
They said management had promised to implement an increment last March which was extended to April but up to now nothing has been done.
The workers, who sought anonymity for fear of being victimized, accused their employers of paying them ‘‘slave wages’’. They said currently the average net pay for a guard ranged from K650 to K780 and they are demanding, among other things, that the lowest paid guard should earn K1,500 a month.
They also claimed that the company pays guards working in the cash-in-transit department a ‘‘slavery risk allowance’’ of K150 per month and an out-of-town allowance of K30 per day. The workers complained that the cash-in-transit vehicles have poor ventilation and they have called on the Ministry of Labour to investigate the matter and take appropriate action against the company.
They also claimed that the company was ‘‘inhuman’’ as it did not pay anything to workers who had worked for 10 years or more when dismissed.
In addition, the workers were demanding for the removal of the human resource director, Mr Mabvuto Daka, whom they accused of lying to them about improving their working conditions.
Workers chanted ‘‘Mabvuto ayende, abwelesa mabvuto pa company”. When asked for a comment, Mr Daka refused to say anything.