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RNP, Ministry of Labour to enforce labour law in private security service providers

By IGIHE
On 27 January 2024 at 09:35

The Ministry of Public Service and Labour and Rwanda National Police (RNP) held a meeting with owners and managers of private security companies on Friday, January 26, in an effort to streamline their private security services in compliance with the labour law.

The meeting held at the RNP General Headquarters in Kacyiru presented a report from an inspection conducted jointly by the Ministry and RNP on the labour law compliance.

The report highlights 17 key components of the labour law, including employee contracts, social security contribution, payment of employees, fair pay, working hours, provision of medical insurance, annual leave, maternity leave and breast feeding hour; rest, overtime remuneration, and principle of equal pay for equal work, among others.

Some private security service providers don’t give contracts to their employees, no medical insurance, delayed payment, make illegal deduction of employees’ salaries, no annual and maternity leave; employees work overtime with no remuneration, and lack internal rules and regulations are among other.

Gaspard Musonera, the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Public Service and Labour, said that rights of employees and their benefits must be respected.

"Professionalism goes with compliance of the labour law. Give your employees the basic needs for them to improve in their work," Musonera said.

He reminded them to award well packaged contracts to their employees, provide their social security premiums, ensure gender balance, and to respect annual and maternity leave.

Commissioner of Police (CP) John Bosco Kabera, Commissioner for Infrastructure Security and Private Security Providers (ISPSP) in RNP, said that private security firms are also governed by the labour law.

He said that a follow up inspection will be conducted to find out if private security companies have implemented the recommendations of the first report.

"All the violations that were highlighted in the report should be given due attention by concerned security companies because the next step will be sanctions violating the labour law," CP Kabera said.

Owners of private security service providers recommitted to address the issues that were raised in the reports and to realign their security services with the Rwandan labour law.

The Ministry of Public Service and Labour and Rwanda National Police (RNP) held a meeting with owners and managers of private security companies on Friday, January 26, in an effort to streamline their private security services in compliance with the labour law.

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