The inhuman treatment of security guards
The abuse of security guards is nothing new in Qatar. Security guards are amongst the most put upon, abused and exploited categories of workers. There have been reports of devious schemes created by security companies to exploit their guards for their own ends. Conditions of work, in some cases are downright deplorable. Guards are often required to remain at post for as many as more than 12 consecutive hours, hungry and exhausted. At the end of the pay period, many of them find that they are unable to meet even their most basic living expenses.
The relationship between some security guards and their employers is often underpinned by some of the worst forms of exploitation. Their basic salary mostly is QR 450 and get a maximum of 1200 riyals for 12hr/31 days without any off(this is too by a multinational firm and the no-1 security company).Incentives that are added to that minimum wage. In the absence of those incentives, however, security guard has to work for a period in excess of one hour in order to be able to afford 1 riyal's juice!There is a dimension of sheer callousness to the manner in which some security outfits treat their guards.
There are cases in which a guard, having worked continually for twelve hours, is then asked to ‘help out’ by working for an extra period. The guard agrees (to refuse would probably mean dismissal), is caught sleeping by a patrolling supervisor during his 12th or 13th consecutive hour on duty and is cited, charged and money from his ‘salary’ are deducted. It is an exercise in both deceit and dishonesty designed to create the impression that guards’ meagre wages are usually ‘topped up’ when the real truth is that much of what is ‘offered’ on top of their basic pay is often reclaimed by their employer through an insidious regimen of offences and penalties.
It is not simply a matter of ensuring that the guards remain awake on the job. There are reports that patrolling supervisors are instructed to ‘find ways’ of catching guards asleep; that is to say that they must report a certain number of ‘sleepers’ every day in order that at least a portion of the payment never enters the guard’s pocket. In effect, some Checkers are required to lay dubious sleeping charges against guards.
The ministry should regulate security companies and give relavant training to handle disaster situations and a minimum wages act for security guards,is the only way to solve the problems of poorly paid security guards,for let live them as humans!!
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