Workers at the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) have expressed fear that they might lose jobs after the transport parastatal terminated contracts of independent security companies that have been providing services. These contracts will cease to exist at the end of the month.
A small group of workers affiliated to the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) and the South African Cleaner, Security and Allied Workers Union (SACSAWU) were picketing outside the Department of Transport offices in Pretoria on Wednesday, demanding that the department reinstate independent security companies or appoint them as Prasa workers.
SACSAWU National organizer, Andries Potsane said: “ The reason why we are here is because the service provider received notice of termination of contract at the end of February. We are saying as security officers, Prasa and the Department of Transport must stop that. There are people who are going to lose their jobs and we are going to hand over a memorandum on the 12th where we are going to put all our demands".
Potsane said over 2000 people will lose their jobs at the end of the month.
”There are 2400 people that will lose their jobs from here to Cape Town. There was a court case that was held here in Pretoria where Prasa was ordered to follow the procedure, that is why service providers' contracts were extended by a month until the end of February," he said.
Security guard, Moses Moila, said they have been working on a monthly contract and feared losing his job after eight years of employment. He said he's worried that he won't be able to provide for his family.
Moila called on Minister of Transport, Fikile Mbalula and Prasa management to insource affected staff members and make them permanent employees.
Workers are expected to embark on a strike action next week on 12 February.