Attorneys to help JAPS in bid to protect rights of guards

Two attorneys have taken on the task of helping the Jamaica Association for Private Security, JAPS, in its bid to protect the rights of guards.

JAPS President Teddy Lee Gray said in addition to the lawyers, the association will be seeking the intervention of public defender Carolyn Reid-Cameron.

The guards are preparing to mount a legal challenge against some security companies that have reportedly asked guards to sign controversial contracts, requiring them to waive their rights, including, benefits for years of service.

This in the midst of the guards transitioning from contract workers to employees.

Mr Gray said JAPS is encouraging more guards to join the association, so that the lawyers can represent about 200 members, in the claim.

He added that, getting the help of the public defender, would reduce the legal expense for the guards.

The group has launched an online petition seeking the prime minister’s intervention in the matter.

So far, it has over 200 signatures.


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