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Disgraceful mistreatment of security guards

Published:Friday | June 8, 2012 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

Security guards are wondering why successive governments have allowed security companies to treat us like slaves. We are not afraid to work, but are opposed to some of the conditions under which we are employed.

We were given documents saying we are contractors, but after the Government talked about it for a while and did nothing, they changed it to subcontractor. They roster us six days per week for 12-36 hours straight throughout the week. We don't get any time-and-a-half pay for all those hours; no vacation leave, no sick leave, although we still have to send in a doctor's certificate.

NO RIGHTS AS CONTRACTORS

If we have signed a contract, why is it that we don't have the accompanying rights?

We don't sit with management to bargain for our rights; they just push anything on us. We get minimum wages; we even have to buy the uniforms with the logo printed on it.

We are visited by supervisors and management of a popular security firm, some of whom are so arrogant that you can't talk to them. They just shout at you, saying, "Don't talk back to me when I am talking to you." If you come to base on a charge, they might suspend you for three days or two weeks, and take your name off the roster.

What kind of contract is that? Yes, we signed a contract, but we never knew they would use us as workhorses. For some of us who have six or seven mouths to feed, rent or mortgage to pay, this was the easiest job to get.

We are calling on the Government and the minister of labour to please help us.

SECURITY GUARDS