Triple One guards unhappy with work conditions

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Keetmanshoop

Employees of Triple One Security Company are disheartened by what they call “unbearable working conditions”, saying they feel neglected by the security company they work for.

The Oshakati-based company employs three people at Keetmanshoop who are responsible for guarding the Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare’s houses in Kronlein.

The workers are not happy with certain issues, ranging from delayed payment of their salaries, to the lack of transport and the lack of weapons, among other pressing issues.

Daniel Isaacs, an employee at the security company since 2014, told New Era that the company has always failed to provide payslips for its employees and that the workers do not get their wages on time.
“If you ask for a payslip you are always told you will get one soon. You can’t open any [bank] account without a payslip,” he said of the complications resulting from the lack of a payslip.

Isaacs also said the company does not have an office in the town and that workers have to walk to and from their workstations, as there is no company vehicle to transport them.

The company also seems to be taking a cautionary approach with regard to issuing firearms, perhaps due to a lack of confidence in its employees’ ability to handle guns. Isaacs claims the company has refused to provide guns because the guards might hurt themselves: “They say if they give us guns we will shoot each other.”
The Ministry of Labour, Industrial Relations and Employment Creation’s regional office has not always helped matters when they have approached that office for assistance, he said.

“They say our complaints are common. When you want to talk to them they say they have other things to do and shut their doors. Now, who do we talk to about our problems?” he asked.

The Control Labour Inspector at the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare at Keetmanshoop, Clive Kajau, however, refuted all allegations of neglect and dereliction of duty, saying he is unaware of any such case and whoever claims to have been turned away should go back with the names of the people that did sent them away.

“They should come to me with the people that turned them away,” he said, adding that the doors to his office are always open: “If they are here and their case is still pending you can send them to me right away.”

The owner of the security company, Laurence Ipinge, vehemently denied the workers’ claims in a telephonic interview with New Era, saying their payslips are sent through Nampost and they should be able to access them.
With regard to transport and weapons for the security workers, Ipinge said the company hired security guards that live close to the duty stations and, therefore, do not need transport.

“They just walk, because it’s near… maybe about 50 metres,” he said, before explaining that in the past guns were provided, but a worker once left a gun unattended on the premises, which is dangerous.

He further said their contract with the ministry does not require the guards on duty to have guns, but should the ministry feel the need for the guards to be armed, the company would provide their employees with the necessary weapons.

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