05.09.2017

Weekly News Update

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Turkey (24.08.17): According to figures from the Turkish Interior Ministry, the number of private security personnel in the country has increased by 92% over the past six years. The Ministry’s numbers demonstrate that the number of private security personnel actively working in the country rose from 147,474 to 284, 399 in 2011. This increase places the private security sector as the second largest security force in Turkey, after the Armed Forces.

 

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Guyana (25.08.17): The Minister of Social Protection, Keith Scott, declared that private security companies are not functioning in their employees’ best interest by obeying laws and regulations in relation to the Minimum Wage Act. Since 2013, the national minimum wage order established a 40-hour work week distributed over five days but some employers have adopted a six-day work week and are refusing to pay the overtime rates.

 

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Jamaica (26.08.17): The Executive Director of the Private Security Regulation Authority (PSRA), Rosalyn Monteith Campbell, declared that from Sunday 1st October 2017, it will be mandatory for private security companies to deduct health insurance premiums. Over 300 registered private security companies will be obligated to make salary deductions on behalf of security guards they employ in order to facilitate the self-contributory health insurance scheme that was announced in November 2016. The decision was made by Board of Directors of the PSRA and mandated by the Government signifying that when security companies renew their licences, and new companies are registering for the first time, they will be required to provide proof that all their security guards have health insurance.

 

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Jordan (27.08.17): Jordan Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) announced that seven private and public companies in Jordan have discontinued their service contracts with the security company, G4S. According to Jordan BDS, their action is a response to a global boycott call against G4S’ parent company for its complicity in Israel’s regime of occupation and settler-colonialism.

 

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South Africa (28.08.17): Based on the latest sectoral determination for 2017/2018, the Department of Labour has announced new minimum wages for the private security sector which will rise by 6.4% from Friday 1st September 2017. According to the Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority (PSIRA), there are over 1.87 million registered security officers in South Africa, 490, 000 of who are classified as active. Private Officers are paid according to the roles and responsibilities they have.

 

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