Security Guards at Public Works Department Speak Out Against Bullying and Poor Conditions

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Season’s Greetings turn into Season’s Struggles as Public Works Security Officers Share Grievances

Security guards at the Public Works Security Department have come forward with serious allegations of mistreatment, bullying, and neglect within their workplace.

The group of security officers claims to be enduring a hostile work environment, including verbal abuse, false accusations, and a lack of consideration for their well-being.

Expressing their concerns anonymously, the security officers highlight the conduct of a specific woman supervisor, who they accuse of consistently mistreating them.

According to the complainants, this supervisor not only subjects them to bullying but also fabricates stories that are presented to higher-ups, leading to further victimization.

The officers describe an atmosphere of fear and intimidation, where threats of termination and job loss are used as tools to enforce compliance.

The officers report being sent to various compounds without adequate shelter, exposing them to the elements, including rain and scorching sun, with no consideration for their safety and well-being.

One of the most pressing issues raised in the complaint is the constant rotation of security personnel across different school compounds.

The officers argue that this practice disrupts the stability that schools require, with guards struggling to remember the names of teachers, staff, and students, leading to confusion and inefficiency.

“We are dealing with school, and I think officers should be stationary, except if a worker is on vacation, sick day, sick leave, etc.,” states the letter.

Moreover, the officers claim that the management is making arbitrary decisions regarding the assignment of workers to different locations, regardless of their residence. This, they argue, is contributing to their dissatisfaction and unhappiness at work.

In a plea for intervention, the officers are calling on the Minister of Works, highlighting that many of the security officers, like the Minister herself, are women.

They request a meeting to air their grievances and seek a resolution to the ongoing issues that have plagued them for years.

The letter concludes with an urgent plea for help, emphasizing that the workers do not want to continue suffering in the coming year.

The officers are hopeful that their concerns will be heard and addressed, leading to a positive change in their working conditions.

The Minister of Works has yet to respond to the allegations, but the public is eagerly awaiting her stance on the matter and any potential actions that may follow.

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