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  • The Government will be acting on a recommendation from the Minimum Wage Commission, to address the issues of some security guards not receiving payslips, and being designated contractors.
  • Addressing a meeting of the Labour Advisory Council (LAC), at the Ministry, on North Street, in Kingston, on January 20, the Minister said the payslips issue speaks to “openness and transparency,” as to whether the workers are being underpaid.
  • The LAC comprises partners, such as the Government, employers and worker organizations, collaborating to formulate standards and policies dealing with labour matters.

The Government will be acting on a recommendation from the Minimum Wage Commission, to address the issues of some security guards not receiving payslips, and being designated contractors.

The contract designation prevents the guards from obtaining certain benefits under labour regulations, and Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, says it is a matter that will have the full attention of the Ministry.

Addressing a meeting of the Labour Advisory Council (LAC),  at the Ministry, on North Street, in Kingston, on January 20, the Minister said the payslips issue speaks to “openness and transparency,” as to whether the workers are being underpaid.

“If you are not giving workers any document…in 2016, it is totally unacceptable. The security guard discussion is an issue that we must deal with over time, the question of independent contractors, how it is treated, how do we, in 2016, deal with that issue (where) workers will believe that justice is being done,” the Minister said.

“It is a matter that any progressive Government must deal with. It is not one that is saying we must discredit employers…it is how we balance the act, so that justice is done,” he added.

Member of the LAC, Senator Lambert Brown, who is also President of the University and Allied Workers Union (UAWU), said of the over 200 security companies, 40 of them are wrongly treating the guards as contractors, and when it is remedied, they will be on par with others in the industry, and see an increase in their take home pay.

Senator Brown, along with fellow members of the LAC, David Wan, who is also President of the Jamaica Employers Federation (JEF), and President of the Jamaica Association of Local Government Officers (JALGO), Helene Davis Whyte, expressed full support for the Minimum Wage Commission to continue making recommendations for minimum wages.

“The tried and tested, and proven approach of a tripartite Commission to settle minimum wage has worked well (for) more than three decades. It would be a waste of time to establish a Parliamentary committee; we need to keep the Commission as it exists,” Senator Brown said.

The LAC comprises partners, such as the Government, employers and worker organizations, collaborating to formulate standards and policies dealing with labour matters.