Interim leaders of Limso at Modimolle. Photo: Mzamane Ringane

Officers gun for own union


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Security personnel from across Limpopo converged on a recreation park in central Modimolle to launch a local branch of an independent trade union on Saturday, 5 August.

The Limpopo Security Officers’ Forum (Limso) branch launch was attended by the labour movement’s interim leaders from across the province.

Limso secretary-general, Ben Rasebane from Bakenberg, said an application had been dispatched to the Department of Labour to register the fledgling union.

Rasebane said a formal leadership collective was to be elected at an inaugural congress planned for a yet to be decided venue and date.

He said there was a gap in the security industry for an exclusive union, as these workers were largely affiliated to unions in the municipal or other related sector.

Rasebane charged there were crucial challenges within the security industry, whereby the public and private sector chose to outsource this particular service, thus leaving workers vulnerable to practices that were not labour-friendly.

“Many of the (outsourced) companies fail to register workers for benefits such as the provident fund, often leaving their families destitute in the event of death or serious injury,” he said.  

He said in March the union presented a memorandum to Premier Stanley Mathabatha’s Polokwane office, and also the Private Security Industry Regulatory Association (Psira), pressing home demands for, among others, the blacklisting of non-compliant companies.  

Limso has a claimed membership of upwards of 400 across the province.

9 months ago       10 August 2017