For over seven years, Sophia resident Christopher Xavier worked for Security Service Limited. This was until a month ago when the company suddenly laid off Xavier and his sixty-four coworkers. This move came as a surprise to many of the employees. Despite the abrupt dismissal, many of the former employees, most of who have given several years of service, looked forward to hefty severance packages from the company. But, they were left disappointed by the company’s actions in regards to their money.
Xavier is not alone. Another laid-off security guard expresses her frustrations on her delayed severance pay.
The laying off of the workers resulted from a termination of a contract by the Ministry of Education. The company had previously provided their services to fourteen schools around Georgetown. But according to Xavier the bidding process for the contract is questionable.
A Visit was made to the security Firm and according to one of the representatives of the company; issues regarding the workers’ pay, should be taken up with Chief Labour Officer within the Ministry of Social Protection, Charles Ogle. However, Ogle declined to comment on the matter.
Nonetheless, the affected security officers plan to continue their efforts on receiving their severance pay.