Councillor calls for report on security contracts

by Rachel Cunningham

A People Before Profit councillor has called for a report into security contracts at council owned and/or managed buildings in the Lucan, North Clondalkin and Palmerstown area.

A motion asking the chief executive to produce a report to see if any buildings have contracts with the company Top Security was passed at the January Area Committee meeting. 

Top Security is currently involved in a High Court case against the Employment Regulation Order, which would give pay increases to an estimated 16 000 security workers across the country. 

“I put forward this motion because I want to make sure that there are no public contracts with Top Security while they engage in this court case,” said Councillor Madeleine Johansson. 

“This company is blocking much needed pay increases for the entire sector. Security workers are some of the lowest paid workers in the country and the Employment Regulation Order would have taken wages to €12.50 per hour in August and €12.90 per hour in February 2023. But these pay increases are now being blocked by Top Security.

The councillor said that security workers told her they are struggling to pay bills, mortgages or rent. 

“The very least I can do as a public representative is highlight this issue and call for any company or public body that has a contract with Top Security to not renew those contracts until they drop the legal case,” she concluded.

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