Nepali Security Guard workers cease work at C/Bay over held-up wages

Report by: 
ROOPA LALL
Port Blair
26 Mar 2018

Unrest is brewing in remote Campbell Bay region after five local youth engaged by a private security agency submit a cease work notice to the Principal of Govt. Sr. Sec School for alleged denial of wages for the past six months. According to reports, the locals were engaged by Nepali Security Guard last year, which bagged the watch and ward security services contract for Mini Stadium, Campbell Bay.  However, the private agency reportedly stopped payment of the outsourced workers since September last year following which they stopped providing services from the 17th of this month.
“We were engaged as security guards from May last year. Initially we received salaries on time, but for reasons unknown, delays started in wage disbursal. Presently, we have not received our salaries for the past six months and are facing financial hardships. Repeated calls to the owner and staff of Nepali Security Agency over the past few days went unanswered. Moreover, EPF was being deducted from out monthly salary, but till date we have not been provided with our EPF Account Number. It has become extremely difficult for us to pull on and manage our household expenditures without receiving salaries on time.  We are compelled to borrow money from friends and relatives and it’s quite a loss of face when we are not able to repay in time. We’ve now decided to expose the wrongdoings of the security agency,” said one of the aggrieved workers.
According to reports, this is not the first time such a thing has been reported from Campbell Bay. Another security agency cheated some of its workers in similar fashion recently after which they filed a complaint with the Labour Commissioner. However, no action has been taken till now. The five workers of Nepali Security Guard are likely to meet the Assistant Commissioner of Campbell Bay to register their protest against the proprietor of the security agency.