Security staff protest over 'disrespect'

CHARANPREET SINGH DHALIWAL: Was found dead at a West Auckland building site.
CHARANPREET SINGH DHALIWAL: Was found dead at a West Auckland building site.

Security union members are launching a campaign after having a "guts full" of their bosses treating them like "disposable commodities".

Members from Unite Union plan to picket First Security in Mt Wellington today.

Unite Union national director Mike Treen said there was a deep disrespect for security workers.

"We've had a guts full of dealing incessantly with problems that should never occur in any workplace," he said.

"Across the industry workers are bullied and treated like disposable commodities."

Security guard Charanpreet Dhaliwal, 22, died in West Auckland while guarding a Fulton Hogan building site on November 18 last year.

He was working his first shift as a security guard when he was struck in the back of the head and killed.

In June the Department of Labour charged CNE Security with failing to secure Dhaliwal's safety.

The Council of Trade Unions also launched a personal grievance claim on behalf of Dhaliwal's family with the Employment Relations Authority, claiming unjustified disadvantage.

"The circumstances which put him on that worksite are really some of the most outrageous," CTU president Helen Kelly said.

The Unite Union campaign will focus on First Security, ADT Security and Rush Security and calls for Government regulation of the industry.

Security workers put up with no training, low pay, dangers on the job and long hours, Treen said.

"There is no other comparable country where a person can pull on a security uniform with no training whatever and be on a job immediately."

The 27-year-old-man accused of murdering Dhaliwal has pleaded not guilty and will go on trial in September. He has name suppression.

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