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Jamaica Society for Industrial Security seeks extension on guards rate

Published:Monday | December 23, 2013 | 12:52 PM

The Jamaica Society for Industrial Security is to write to the government today to seek more time before the implementation of new minimum rates for industrial security guards.



The organisation says the January 6 implementation date is too short.



Last Tuesday, Labour Minister Derrick Kellier announced the changes to the national minimum wage.



However, Commander George Overton, the president of the Jamaica Society for Industrial Security says security companies need more time to make the necessary arrangements for the new minimum wage.



According to Commander Overton, with the increase in the rate paid to industrial guards, security companies will have to renegotiate their contracts with clients to account for the adjustment.



The Jamaica Society for Industrial Security represents 25 security companies.



According to Commader Overton, this account for 80 per cent of the market.



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