Late payment claims force Siegfried employees to quit

SWAKOPMUND: Two of the six male security guards employed by the Siegfried Security company at Swakopmund quit their jobs last week, claiming late payments.

The guards were stationed at the National Marine Aquarium here, and worked shifts.

They complained that they allegedly receive their salaries 10 days after their agreed date of payment, which is the 25th day of every month, or at the end of every month.

Speaking to Nampa on Monday, Tjivikara Kavita said he quit because he is tired of receiving his salary late, and not being paid overtime when he works on public holidays and weekends.

“We also do not have company jackets for warmth, no contracts of employment and the manager does not visit us to listen to our problems,” he noted.

Kavita’s colleague, who preferred anonymity, also admitted having left his job due to similar complaints.

“When we speak to him, he just promises to pay on time, but never does,” he told this agency.

All six employees complained of the same issues, although some did not quit their work.

Contacted for comment on Monday, company supervisor Neville Katjatenja said he learned the two had left their jobs, but they did not inform management.

He said the company pays employees on time, and indeed makes overtime payments for work done on public holidays and weekends.

Katjatenja was also adamant that all employees were given contracts of employment, noting that they are just branding the jackets before distributing it to the workers.

“I tried to contact them, but they are not picking up their phones. They did not even return the company’s uniforms, but we managed to fill one post already,” he told this reporter.

The resigned guards admitted to still having the uniforms, and promised to return them soon.

Company owner Siegfried Katjatenja last week also rubbished these claims, saying the employees are just bad-mouthing the company.

“That is nonsense. I paid their salaries on time in the last three months. We agreed on payment on the seventh day of every month, not month-end.

All of them received contracts of employment, they are just telling lies,” he responded.

The workers also stated that they are sometimes disagreeing with the Namibia Independent Security Union (NISU)’s Secretary-General Simon Kandondo, who allegedly told them earlier that he might not help them solve their grievances with the company as they do not pay their membership fees.

“We are busy working on having all of them pay their membership fees, as some currently just want to be helped, but do not pay,” the unionist explained.

Some employees admitted to Nampa that they do not pay.