MANGUARD PLUS WELCOMES ADOPTION OF EMPLOYMENT REGULATION ORDER FOR SECURITY INDUSTRY
Ireland’s largest privately owned Irish security company says decision is only ‘fair and just’ for workers.
The announcement that the long-awaited Employment Regulation Order for the Security Industry is to be finally enacted has today been welcomed by Manguard Plus.
The ERO was quashed last year following objections by three security companies and Manguard Plus took the unprecedented decision, in consultation with its clients and SIPTU, to increase the hourly rates it paid to its own staff by 0.40 cents per hour, to reflect what had been proposed in the ERO.
The Minister of State with responsibility for Business, Employment and Retail, Damien English, has now sanctioned the ERO to come into effect on the 29th August with minimum rates of pay to increase to €12.50 per hour, with a further rise in February to €12.90 per hour.
Sean Hall, Managing Director of Manguard Plus says
“We are very happy with this decision. It should never have been delayed in the first place and I am so glad that at least Manguard Plus staff were not out of pocket as we made the fair decision to increase their hourly pay. Security personnel work long and tiring hours in very responsible positions where they are required to be responsive to all sorts of incidents and situations. It’s a challenging career and as such we passionately believe that security officers should be renumerated accordingly”.
“Paying somebody his or her due is all about fairness and recognition first and foremost, and secondly it’s about setting an industry standard. If the security industry is serious about attracting and retaining the best people who are diligent, hardworking and good representatives for the sector, we have to pay them accordingly. At Manguard Plus we are all about providing the best service to our clients and this can only be provided by the best people. Our colleagues go about their roles in a thorough and conscientious manner and they richly deserve renumeration for this.”
“I believe the industry has some way to go still in rates of pay for staff but this is definitely a step in the right direction”.