Parking marshalls' wage talks deadlock

2012-06-07 17:19

Johannesburg - Wage talks between parking marshalls and their employer Ace Parking deadlocked on Thursday, the Commercial Services and Allied Workers' Union (Cosawu) said.

Union organiser Wilson Makola said shop stewards rejected another offer by the company on Thursday morning.

This meant the union would march to the department of home affairs to hand over a memorandum of grievances on Friday.

The march follows a two-day strike at the offices of Ace Parking in Johannesburg. The marshalls are demanding a minimum wage of R3 500, a provident fund and other benefits.

The were also demanding an end to privatisation of roads and parking services, Makola said.

Ace Parking managing director Juliet Paulsen said the company had held talks with union officials, shop stewards and other employees in an effort to avert the strike.

"We explained that our company was not in a financial position to accede to their demands and placed an improved compensation scheme on the table, which was rejected.

"We are also surprised that employees are now also striking in support of a demand to end privatisation of parking services.

"Our company is not the decision-maker as far as privatisation is concerned. However, the very privatisation was the direct cause of employment for our parking marshalls, " she said

The march starts at noon at Beyers Naude Square, in the Johannesburg CBD.

  • Philip Buys - 2012-06-07 18:13

    Install automated systems, and let them look for new jobs. Its time that certain people learn that jobs are scarce.

  • icarus.smith.90 - 2012-06-07 19:55

    My daughter earns 60 bucks a day to work from 6:30am to 4:30pm. All because it's the legal minimum wage. She must jus shut up and be grateful, as there is no other work out there.

      mbuyiswa.mrasi - 2012-06-07 21:45

      legal minimum wage in whos sector,well your daughter is stupid n allow explotation like that

      eric.schollar - 2012-06-07 22:06

      The only thing worse than low pay is no pay

      Stirer - 2012-06-08 06:09

      Mbuyiswa, maybe she's stupid and dumb, but probably not starving, and not doing crime.

  • Mandy Casey - 2012-06-07 23:20

    No Eric, these guys are the ones with the little electronic gadgets that time how long you have parked for. They don't do anything except collect cash. The people that wave you in and out and offer security against vandalizing your car, work for tips. Are generally homeless and the only union belonged to is the reunion at bottle store. But they are generally more useful than the official parking attendants.

  • gregory.jurgens - 2012-06-08 05:58

    How much are they earning now. R3500 , is not much to survive on now days. That demand does not seem excessive , if you employ people, pay them a living wage if your company cannot afford it , it's time to close shop.

      Garth - 2012-06-08 07:29

      That's an all or nothing attitude, close shop and everybody loses!

      brandon.gillbee - 2012-06-08 09:55

      Rather than close shop and everyone loses their jobs why don't the unhappy ones resign and find a better paying job? Because they can't read, they have no skill and jobs are scarce if you can't do much.

  • brandon.gillbee - 2012-06-08 06:42

    Increasing minimum wage will decrease the number of staff they employ increasing unemployment. This sort of job should be a stepping stone for people, they shouldn't be making a career out of it. We all did it, straight out of school you walk into a job with a low salary, you work there for a year and realize this isn't something you can do for the rest of your life and it motivates you to improve yourself, invest in yourself. These guys are instead having kids and trying to raise a family on these wages. They're expecting society to revolve around them.

  • Ted - 2012-06-08 08:01

    I think we need to do one thing fast; to define what a JOB is. What is the minimum your JOB should do. When people voice their anger at low pay or poor working conditions, we are usually quick to point out that they should be grateful that they should be grateful that they at least 'have a job'. Is a job any better than WORK? When does a WORKER become an EMPLOYEE? When we talk about creating JOBS I will surely be clearer whether we are all talking the same language. Good day everyone!

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