Employees of the Hughes International Security Company Limited over the weekend disrupted normal office work and regular traffic at their Siaka Stevens street Office for non-payment of their salaries.
Some of the Security guards claim they have gone for months without pay from the management of the Hughes Security International Company Limited and despite efforts made by the workers to report for duty regularly they are yet to receive monies they have worked for.
According to the head of the aggrieved workers who spoke to this press on condition of anonymity, he said “we have been treated like this for far too long and the management is not working in the interest of workers – they are only bent on signing contracts with clients and collecting the money” he complained.
He lamented that life has become unbearable for some of the aggrieved workers because they can no longer afford to buy basic necessities for their up keep considering the current skyrocketing of prices for basic commodities.
They also complained that some of the workers deployed in certain company areas risk contracting sicknesses while others suffer from tedious work load, and “we are not even giving medical allowances to take care of their health.”
He also noted that some of the security guards are facing serious embarrassment at their various homes for the payment of house rents and to honour other commitments as family members, all this is because we have not been paid by management and there are no good conditions of service he stressed.
The aggrieved workers threatened that “if they continue to delay our payment we have no alternative but to disrupt all activities of the company and plans are also on the way to officially complain management to the Labour Ministry about our salaries.” This press also contacted the management of the Hughes Security International Company Limited for their part of the story and the Managing Director Samuel Marcus Doreen was seen in front of his office addressing the aggrieved workers to exercise patient. He later dispersed them and invited this press for an interview in which he admitted “it is true that we owe our security guards some salaries but even some of us at the office have not received a penny yet from our clients”. Mr. Doreen explained that “some of our clients are responsible for the delay in the payment of worker’s salaries” citing one of the leading mobile phone companies in Sierra Leone who are yet to honour their bills. He noted that, some of aggrieved workers are aware of the delay by some of our clients and they are informed through their supervisors, “this is not the first time we always have problem with our clients because we prepare invoices before the end of the month and they deliberately refuse to honour the bills”
Mr. Doreen appealed to the workers to exercise patience as modalities will soon be worked out for their prompt payment and also urged their clients to honour their bills so as to avoid future embarrassment from the aggrieved workers.