Tag Archives: Security Guards

HAS THE PROGRESSIVE WAGE MODEL FAILED TO HELP SECURITY GUARDS EARN BETTER SALARIES?

I refer to the article “Majority of security firms in compliance with Progressive Wage Model requirements” (Channel NewsAsia, Dec 21). It states that “The majority of Singapore’s roughly 250 security firms are now in compliance with the Progressive Wage Model (PWM) requirements set for the industry, according to the police which said that to date, “investigations against four security agencies are ongoing”.

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30% OF SECURITY GUARDS STILL EARNING BELOW $1,100 MONTHLY SALARY

It states that “While new licensing requirements for the security sector will kick in at the start of September, about 15,000 active security officers, or 35 per cent of the industry, have not been trained in line with requirements. To date, about 180 security agencies, or 70 per cent, of all such agencies have started doing so. After all these years of rhetoric and initiatives to increase the pay of security guards – according to the Ministry of Manpower’s wages benchmarking tool – their median basic salary is still only $857.

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SECURITY GUARDS: LOW PAY, LONG HOURS?

It states that ”"We have to be more creative, we have to reclaim jobs,” said Mr Tan, adding that the industry, which comprises about 75,000 licensed guards, is still short of around 10,000 to 15,000 people.” These new initiatives as well as those in the past few years do not seem to be very effective, because we may not be addressing the root causes vigorously.

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AUSTRALIAN GAMBLER SUES RWS FOR MANHANDLING HIM AFTER HE GOT DRUNK

In an ugly incident in April 2012, Adesh Goel got into a drunken altercation with another patron after a big night at the Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) casino. Security personnel reacted promptly to separate the 2 patrons, opting to secure Adesh in a small room to the side of the high rollers' floor - where the casino's biggest players duke it out in high stakes games. As a precaution, they surrounded him with security guards.

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GOVERNMENT FORCES FIRMS TO INCREASE PAY FOR SECURITY GUARDS

Once the wage ladder is ready, the Government will make it a compulsory part of licensing conditions for security companies, National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) assistant secretary-general Zainal Sapari told a union event yesterday. He warned security firms: "If you do not pay your security officers salary based on the progressive wage model, then your licence won't be renewed."

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SECURITY GUARDS IN SINGAPORE ARE UNDERPAID!

When I read that security guards earn a paltry $800 a month on average, I was appalled. (See: http://news.asiaone.com/news/singapore/rise-pay-security-guards-put) Is that how much we value a safe and secure environment? These guys work awful hours, need to be alert for suspicious activity and prowl your estates and whom are responsible for keeping houses and offices safe get paid less than a cleaner? Before CPF? Ridiculous.

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