African trade unions say ban ‘racist’ security firm Securicor

Apartheid sign in South AfricaFrom British daily The Independent:

African unions call for Olympics to ban ‘racist’ security firm

By Kim Sengupta

Published: 31 May 2007

A British security company which is also the largest multinational employer in Africa has been accused of paying staff in the continent “poverty” wages and subjecting them to racism.

Union leaders from several African countries are to meet London mayor, Ken Livingstone, this week to complain about the actions of Group 4 Securicor (G4S) which is said to be considering bidding for the contract to provide security for 2012 Olympics.

A new report, prepared by the charity War on Want, claims that some of the company’s black employees in South Africa have been forced to use different toilets to their white employees and that white supervisors have referred to them as “kaffirs” and “monkeys”.

The dossier goes on to claim that G4S pay so little to workers in Malawi – about £13 a month – that their daily meal consists of just bread and they live at homes without power or running water.

G4S guards in Mozambique receive £31 a month.

But this is said to represent “just half a living wage” in their country.

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    South African farm workers at Oak Valley Estate farm are continuing their strike begun May 6. The Commercial, Stevedoring, Agricultural and Allied Workers Union (CSAAWU) members want a pay increase from R160 a day to R250, an end to labour agencies and apartheid work conditions.

    The workers say three categories still exist of white, mixed-race and black on the farm as under apartheid, which determines the quality of housing provision—reasonable for white workers, poor for mixed-race workers and single-sex hostels for black workers.

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