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Operation Security Companies Warned To Step Up

Unregistered security companies will be taken to task. At least 5 are in operating in Labasa. Security Industry of Fiji Chairman and board member of Security Licensing Board Vili Raqio
20 Nov 2015 12:45
Operation Security Companies Warned To Step Up
Security Industry of Fiji Chairman and board member of Security Licensing Board Vili Raqio (siting) with the directors of various security companies during a meeting in Labasa yesterday. Photo:SHRATIKA NAIDU

Unregistered security companies will be taken to task. At least 5 are in operating in Labasa.

Security Industry of Fiji Chairman and board member of Security Licensing Board Vili Raqio said they will be taken to task.

Mr Raqio met with security company directors in Labasa yesterday. He was also told that some security officers who work as a watchman wear casual clothes during late night hours.

He said: “All security companies should be registered under the Ministry of Defence, get registered at Labasa Town Council to get a licence and have a registered office and abide by other compliance such as employees’ Fiji National Provident Fund deduction.

“We have been going around conducting campaigns to make sure companies are aware of such things and they have been given enough time.

“Illegal operation cannot be entertained and companies that do not comply will be taken to task.”

 

New Rates for Discussion

Registered security companies were informed to pay their employees the new current rate which is $2.51 per hour.

However, this caused some debate by some directors. They suggested that different rates should be implemented for new recruits and older employees.

Mr Raqio agreed.

“It is unjustified to pay the same rate to new recruit and experienced employees.

“I have been informed that there are security officers who have worked for more than six years,” he said.

He said this would be addressed when he meets with the Ministry of Labour.

 

Clients of Security Companies to pay $4.50 per hour

Mr Raqio said he had written to the Prime Minister to consider a standard rate for all clients of security companies in Fiji

He suggested that clients pay $4.50 per hour.

“Right now clients pay $3 to $3.50 per hour which is not enough and most of time they determine the pay which is not good business,” Mr Raqio said.

He also encouraged security companies to join the Fiji Islands Security Employers Association which was formed in 2003.

The Association secretary for Labasa is Jaiyandran Naicker.

Currently, there are more than 10,000 security officers employed by various security companies in Fiji.

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