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Security guards living desperate lives
Robert Tapfumaneyi, Community Radio Harare (CORAH)
February 22, 2013
guards in Harare have bemoaned the deterioration of their standard
of living owing to poor salaries they are receiving despite the
introduction of the multi-currency regime four years ago.
A number of
security guards who talked to Talking Harare on Wednesday said their
working conditions continue to deteriorate and yet they protect
property worth millions of dollars.
They said most
of them have become rare features at their homes as they go there
once a week.
Takawira Munhono of Chitungwiza who works in Harare said, "After
work in the morning I hang around town and try to look for piece
jobs while waiting to resume duty at 6pm. If I fail to secure any
part-time job, I seek refuge in Harare and Africa Unity Square gardens,
the reason being that of not affording transport fare from Monday
gone to the extent of using our own money to buy things such as
baton sticks and handcuffs which our companies are failing to provide,"
said Richard Kanembiri who guards Old Mutual premises in the CBD.
said, "I take home $200 a month which is not enough to cater
for my family needs."
Congress of Trade Union (ZCTU) representative, Japheth Moyo
the security guard sector is disorganized.
guard sector is very difficult to work with as anyone can just wake
up one day and form his own company without proper employee structures,
let alone workers' committees," Moyo said.
to be done starting with the formation of the Security Guard Workers
Union, so that they speak with one voice on issues that concern
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