JOHANNESBURG – Cash-in-transit (CIT) industry workers on Tuesday marched to the Department of Community Safety Department in Johannesburg following the recent spate of attacks on cash vans.
CIT companies SBV, G4S and Fidelity handed over a memorandum with a number of grievances addressed to the South African Reserve Bank, the Department of Transport and Department of Justice.
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Nearly 100 CIT robberies have been taken place in Gauteng in a space of less than a year.
The union’s message to employers and authorities was clear: workers are demanding better working conditions and proper equipment to deal with daily robberies.
Workers are complaining that criminals are armed with big guns when guards only have pistols.
They want the firearms acts to be amended to allow CIT guards to carry higher calibre firearms and for industry bosses to get stronger vehicles that can withstand bombings.
Workers promised to strike if their demands were not met.
Authorities have been given a month to respond to grievances.