By Lakayla Boseman
No pay, no work. That’s what some security guards are saying. A few guards employed by Bustamante Hospital for Children in St Andrew, claimed that they were forced to work without proper and regular pay. Some guards even claiming they were not paid for months. If this situation continues to escalate, medical personnel and even patients could find themselves without proper security. However, by the look of the situation, it seems as if the guards are not entirely to blame. Guards took the proper channels in this situation, calling management over concerns of pay. However, the calls to management were often ignored and not returned. Guards are growing tired of the lack of pay, and the lack of communication. Some guards have already taken their protest to the next level by refusing to work until hundreds of thousands of dollars are collectively paid back.
A Jamaican news outlet, Loop, visited the hospital and ask the supervisor about the situation. However the supervisor was very short, stating that he had no authority to speak on the issue. It’s seems as if the company is not taking the guards seriously. One guard even went on the record to say that the company was actively searching for new guards, despite the payment controversy.
Source: LoopJamacia/ Jamaican Observer