UPDATE: Beagle Watch Armed/CSS Tactical response staff protest in Fairland

UPDATE: 22 June, 3.15om

A large majority of Beagle Watch reaction officers halted all work as part of a strike demanding improved wages.

Police were called to Beagle Watch Armed Response’s Fairlands offices to intervene in an unprotected strike by the security company’s reaction officers on the morning of 22 June. The reaction officers stated they were striking due to the wages they received from the company. Many of them said they receive a basic salary of R4 500 while being expected to work long hours under life-threatening conditions. The strike was allowed to continue by the police as the protesters were peaceful.

About 40 vehicles and a large group of reaction officers flooded Smit Street and told Beagle Watch management that they would not go back to work until a commitment to their demands was made. The main demand in their memorandum was that they receive a salary in the region of R10 000 a month. They arrived at this amount by comparing how reaction officers for other security companies were paid. One of the reaction officers said, “Small and new security companies are paying their staff more while a company as big as Beagle Watch pays us peanuts.”
This was a sentiment shared by many of the officers.

Upon the arrival of Beagle Watch’s managing director, Dave Casey, a memorandum was handed to him and he was told that he and his team were given two hours to respond to the protesters with positive news or face none of them returning to their daily duties, leaving clients and residents unprotected. In a statement from Beagle Watch, the company stated they have made plans to ensure that their operations continue. Casey said, “The company has put the necessary contingency plans in place to manage the impact of an illegal and unprotected strike by a group of its reaction officers.”

The company is currently in discussion with relevant staff members to urgently resolve the dispute.

This is a developing story. More information will be published as and when it becomes available.

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INITIAL REPORT: 22 June, 10.21am

Beagle Watch and CSS Tactical armed response employees took part in a protest at the security company’s headquarters on Smit Street, Fairland in the morning of 22 June.

According to a Northcliff Melville Times reporter on the scene, reaction officers are demanding better wages and working conditions.

Police who are on the scene have closed the street.

Beagle Watch Armed Response Reaction Officer Strike…

Posted by Andile Dlodlo on Friday, 22 June 2018

The employees have been protesting since the early hours of the morning.

Unconfirmed reports suggest that no reaction officers and security vehicles will be patrolling the area during the strike until their demands have been met by the company’s management.

Posted by Andile Dlodlo on Friday, 22 June 2018

This is a developing story with updates to follow.

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Reuven Blignault

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