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Gov't ignores request for extension of new rates to industrial guards

Published:Friday | January 3, 2014 | 1:37 PM

Jerome Reynolds, Staff Reporter

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

The new minimum wage for industrial security guards will go up on Monday, as announced by the government, despite a request for an extension by the Jamaica Society for Industrial Security.

The association maintains that the timeframe given by the government to adjust the rates was too short.

Labour Minister Derrick Kellier announced the changes to the national minimum wage in Parliament on December 17.

In expressing disappointment, the association’s president Commander George Overton said the government should be more mindful that the industry needed time to adjust.

Pointing out that the new minimum wage was gazetted only yesterday, Commander Overton says companies will have no choice but to follow the law.

He says discussions regarding the new rates continue between security companies and their clients.

The payment to industrial guards has been increased from $7,320.40 to $8,198.80.

All other allowances will also go up.


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