Private Motion – Private Security Firms

Senate - 5th Session - 8th Republican Parliament

WHEREAS there exist in Trinidad and Tobago a privately run security Industry which employs in excess of fifty thousand security guards who are unprecepted;

AND WHEREAS these unprecepted security officers are required to work under conditions inconsistent with the provisions of the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA)

AND WHEREAS the guards are remunerated at subsistence rates, thereby requiring many to work excessively long hours;

AND WHEREAS there is a manifest need for government intervention to protect the rights of these workers and to guard them against blatant exploitation;

AND WHEREAS the government has failed to establish the necessary standards and regulations to govern the private security industry;

BE IT RESOLVED that the government take all necessary steps to ensure that unprecepted private security guards are not exploited by virtue of the high demand for security services brought about by the State’s inability to protect its citizens and their property; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the government take all the necessary measures to enact into law the relevant legislation to establish the necessary standards and regulations that would govern the private security industry.

(By Senator Wade Mark)

27 Sep 2007
Senate Debate - Day 1Hansard
3 speakersShow Speakers
1.Senator Wade Mark [Opposition Senator]
2.Senator Dana Seetahal SC [Independent Senator]
3.Senator the Honourable Danny Montano [Minister of Labour and Small and Micro Enterprise Development]