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Job Cuts In Security Industry

And that’s not a good thing, despite what this glowing article from the Straits Times is saying.

For starters, any situation where workers are let go is never good. After their removal from the shopping malls, where can they go? Condominiums? Office buildings? But what if other places decide to follow suit and use technology as an excuse to cut down on the number of security guards at their premises?

Where would those guards go? Let me tell you one hard truth about the security industry in Singapore. I have been working (on an on-and-off basis) as a security guard myself since 1999, and I can tell you that many security guards are unable to move out of their comfort zone in the security industry.

Many of my colleagues don’t even have ‘O’ levels. And I met plenty who were only educated up to primary-school level. But they were able to make a somewhat decent living because security guards working at malls get paid several hundred dollars more than guards at other assignments like schools or condominiums.

Now, maybe those guards who were let go by the malls can find vacancies at less lucrative sites and they can continue to wear their uniforms, but if they are unlucky… What then? Factory jobs are even harder to come by nowadays and many cleaning companies tend to hire cheap foreign workers. You tell me. What can a ex-security guard with primary-level education find in today’s job market? Read the rest of this entry

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Toilet Ban Raises Storm In A Teacup

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ST PHOTO: OLIVIA HO

According to this TOC article, Wisma Atria’s decision to bar contractors from using the same toilets as shoppers has caused an outpouring of anger against the shopping mall on the internet.

As a security guard who has been working (on and on-and off basis) in the private security industry since 1999, I would like to give my two cents worth about this public relations disaster. And what I think is: Those internet commentators are really just making a mountain out of a molehill.

Because I have been working in the private security industry since 1999, I can tell you that almost all (if not all!) shopping malls in Singapore have this same policy of not allowing contractors to use the toilets meant for shoppers.

As far as I know, this rule has existed since the 90s, so I have to wonder why everyone is kicking up a fuss only now. Read the rest of this entry