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Kenya (03.02.17): In accordance with the newly adopted Private Security Regulation Act (2016), the interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery has appointed 11 board members to the private Security Regulatory Authority. The authority is mandated to set standards, create an enforcing mechanism, improve personnel welfare and offer redress. The authority will ensure all security firms are registered, have standard personnel training and proper remuneration for all private security guards.


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Botswana (02.02.17): the Minister of defence announced at the occasion of the presentation of the national development plan that the 2015 Private Security Services Act and Regulations had been enacted. There are over 4’000 private security companies in the country, and it was reported that many failed to comply with legal employment requirements such as the payment of salaries or the provision of uniforms. The establishment by the Act of a Regulatory Authority is hoped to improve the inspection capacity of the Ministry and to improve the protection of private security employees’ rights.


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UK (31.01.17): In response to concerns about qualifications used in the private security industry, the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) investigated some specific concerns and examined how the awarding organisations delivering security qualifications manage the risks of malpractice. The resulting report explains the actions taken as a result and the next steps.


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Canada (31.01.17): The private security sector is growing so rapidly that industry insiders have reported that recruiting and retaining enough employees, in particular qualified staff, has become problematic. According to government statistics, the global demand for security services rose 7.4% in 2016 – representing a total to $244 billion. Despite increasing regulation and rising training standards, the wages for security guards remain low – comparable to wages earned in the fast-food industry – and often do not reflect the amount of responsibility taken by security personnel.  


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OECD (13.01.17): UNI Global Union filed an OECD complaint against the private security company Prosegur, alleging Prosegur had not resolved 'the problems which were identified [in the] initial filing (November 2013) – human rights violations in Brazil, Colombia, Paraguay and Peru’. The complaints include cases of harassment, retaliation, threats and assaults against union activists, underlying hostility toward unions and willingness to violate the human rights of workers. Prosegur issued and answer to UNI Global Union, but did not address the issues in Colombia, Peru or India.


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