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JSIS pleased Gov't investigating security guard wage compliance

Thursday, April 18, 2019

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Jamaica Society for Industrial Security (JSIS) says it is pleased that the Government has started an investigation into the minimum wage compliance issue in the country's private security sector.

The society is welcoming the news, having received an audience with the Parliament's Public Administration and Appropriations Committee (PAAC) at Gordon House yesterday, where it made its case to the committee and heard first-hand the preliminary findings of the Ministry of Labour.

The JSIS claimed that guards employed to at least two such companies are being short-changed a combined total of $8,096 per fortnight or just over $210,400 per year.

“The JSIS is pleased that the Ministry of Labour has started investigating the issue of non-compliance with the national minimum wage for security officers among some security companies contracted by government agencies,” said JSIS President Lieutenant Commander George Overton in a release today.

The body, which is said to represent 28 security companies or approximately 60 per cent of the local private security sector, wrote to the Ministry of Labour in December 2018, calling its attention to security firms' cheating its security guards out of their wages. According to the JSIS' findings, some private security companies underpay their security guards by about $175,000 per annum.

Speaking to the PAAC yesterday, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Labour Collette Roberts-Risden, said the ministry conducted preliminary investigations into 14 security firms and found that there was truth to the claim from JSIS.

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