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Close to 400 complaints against security firms before the courts - Min. Hamilton


Minister of Labour Joseph Hamilton

The Ministry of Labour has instituted legal action against several security firms for breaching the labour laws and there are currently 400 cases before the Courts.


This is according to Minister of Labour Joseph Hamilton who said companies across several sectors continue to breach the labour laws but the security sector is the most problematic sector.


Most of these issues Minister Hamilton explained pertain to overtime and annual leave.


“They have not paid them; they have not granted them their leave and refuse to pay the employee issue of overtime and all those issues. So I’m planning a special project for security companies, that is the way we have to deal with it but we’ll continue to engage them," the minister said.


Minister Hamilton said training was already conducted with these security firms to sensitise them on labour laws obligations.

“Apparently it’s not working because [...] Many of them set out not to honour their obligations to employees. One of the things many of them have done, coming out of 2021, they wine out one company and they give it another name with the same principles," Hamilton added.


The Labour Minister earlier this year threatened to publicly name the errant security companies but he disclosed to MTV News Update that he would do so very shortly.


In a press statement in January 2022, the figures revealed that of 867 complaints received by the Ministry of Labour in 2021, 20.1 percent were complaints made against security companies, being one of only two sectors to account for the majority of complaints.


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