Disaster in waiting ... UCASE hopes for industrial council to rescue security guards
The Union of Clerical Administrative and Supervisor Employees (UCASE) says it will be intensifying efforts early in the new year for the Government to re-establish the Joint Industrial Council.
The council would comprise unions representing security guards, their employers and Government representatives.
UCASE president Vincent Morrison says the re-establishment of the council may be the first step in improving the working conditions of security guards.
He says security guards, now regarded as contract workers, have very little benefits or social protection.
Morrison says if there is no immediate effort to improve the working conditions of security guards, there could be a crisis in social security when many of them retire soon.
"We regard it as a disaster in waiting," he said.
UCASE has called a meeting involving security guards for January 15 to discuss the proposal for the re-establishment of the Joint Industrial Council and other matters.