The minimum wage of private security guards has been increased to Rs.16,000.
Minister of Labour Nimal Siripala de Silva said the minimum wage limit is effective as of the 8th of August. Currently the minimum wage within the private security sector is Rs.10,500.
According to the Minimum Wages Amendment by the Department of Labour, the Minister said the private sector must ensure a basic salary of Rs.12,500 plus an expenses allowance of Rs.3,500 adding up-to a total salary of a minimum Rs.16,000.
According to the act the maximum daily employment hours of a private security guard will be limited to nine hours which also includes time allowances for meals.
The Minister said anyone being employed above nine hours will have to be compensated with overtime payments.
It was stated that a majority of private security officers were retired soldiers of the tri-forces adding they do not receive holidays or medical leave.
Minister de Silva reiterated the current laws ensure private security guards are eligible for holidays as well.
The statement said the public has the right to lodge a complaint with the Commissioner General of Labour if labour laws are being violated.
Furthermore, Minister de Silva said companies will be given a grace period to pay the increased wages including any outstanding wages.