newsBusinessLive reports that an association representing private security company owners is up in arms over a recently established bargaining council in the sector, claiming it lacks legitimacy.  

The sector is big in SA, with close to 10,000 registered companies and just over 500,000 employees.  In a recent letter to parliamentary portfolio committees, the Association of Private Security Owners of SA (Tapsosa) said it was concerned that trade unions in the private security sector, together with a section of employers, had established a bargaining council, and collective agreements were being extended to nonmembers.  The association argued that the introduction of the National Bargaining Council for the Private Security Sector (NBCPSS) posed a serious challenge to most employers and their employees.  The council apparently recently concluded and extended to nonparties a collective agreement on a compulsory levy.  Tapsosa’s Moses Malada said security officers were already underpaid while the majority of employers could not afford additional fees.  He indicated that the association would be pursuing the matter in court, challenging the authority of the labour minister in extending the council’s agreements to nonparties.  Yet the SA Transport and Allied Workers’ Union (Satawu) rubbished Tapsosa’s statements and advised that the bargaining council was properly constituted, with seven labour unions and two employer associations

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