Security guards deserve better deal

The National Trades Union Congress' push for the security sector to be put on a par with the cleaning, transport and hotel sectors, where it has set pay benchmarks, is welcome news for the industry ("Securing the future of guards"; last Thursday).

However, why are these four industries lumped together when the nature and requirements of their work are so different?

A security guard, for instance, must be physically and mentally fit, be alert at all times, and expose himself to danger.

He plays an important role in guarding buildings and other properties, and does not just sit at the guard house and lift the barrier for vehicles to enter or exit.

When considering raising the industry's basic salary, it is vital to consider the demands and importance of the job.

Building owners should ask themselves: "Would our buildings or properties be safe if there were no security guards?"

If the answer is "no", then they should be prepared to pay security guards a decent salary.

Security guards deserve a better deal. Their basic monthly salary should be raised beyond the $1,000 proposed by the labour movement.

Pavithran Vidyadharan

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