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Reply #4 - 25. May 2016 at 20:46

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I am scared. I didn't know, that is so bad.
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Reply #3 - 04. Jun 2015 at 14:48

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The Security industry has been used for trafficking and generating cash forever.

There is so much corruption and poor practices its the public and staff who always get caught in the cross fire.

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Reply #2 - 18. Feb 2011 at 22:17

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Not in the slightest.

I've seen it first hand, I ended up having a General Manager in a company I was working for as a Ops Manager with some high profile clients who was a 'go between' for four of the largest Outlaw MC's in Australia. He was personable and likeable, he really was, but it would've been impossible to sit in front of the Police and say "we're squeaky clean" if something happened.

The guy couldn't hold a Security licence given his court cases in NSW a couple of years ago for importation of a certain powder and then two months before coming to 'work' for us had been arrested with a Gypsy Joker and others at a lab house in VIC in the middle of a cook.

If VicPol decide they need to use the SOG to 'visit' you at 3am in the morning (and you're silly enough to pull a firearm fearing it to be other players) then there is an issue!

What's that old saying about where theres smoke there's fire?  Roll Eyes
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Reply #1 - 14. Nov 2010 at 19:55

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Is any one surprised really?
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14. Nov 2010 at 07:20

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Sydney Morning Herald Edwina Scott
November 10, 2010
Victoria's security industry is being infiltrated by bikie gangs and other rogue operators who pose major risks to public safety, a new report has found.

The report from the Liquor, Hospitality and Miscellaneous Union (LHMU), which represents security guards, says the industry is being let down by unscrupulous contractors cutting corners and failing to train, recruit or pay staff appropriately.

The report includes a warning from Australian Crime Commission (ACC) chief executive John Lawler who says access to firearms, licensed premises, major events and a range of public and private assets "provides incentives and opportunities for organised crime groups to infiltrate and exploit the private security industry".

The ACC "also found examples of infiltration by outlaw motorcycle gangs," the report said.

It says a union industry audit found almost half of security guards had been injured at work, and 40 per cent had been assaulted.

Security guard Wei Zhang, who has worked in Melbourne's industry for 14 years, said security for major events like the Big Day Out or AFL games often employed subcontractors with minimal training.

"Some guards just got their licence two days ago," he told reporters in Melbourne.

"You don't know their personality, you don't know if they'll back you up.

"They're putting the public at risk."

Mr Zhang said security guards were also vulnerable to assaults as a result of poorly organised security.

"Dealing with Big Day Out, there's always alcohol involved, drugs involved, and you're dealing with anti-social behaviour all the time."

Another guard with nine years' experience, Warren Hill, said rogue operators working in Victoria left the public exposed to numerous threats, particularly at large public gatherings.

"What I fear most is the smuggling of alcohol, terrorism. They could bring a bomb through the gate. Anything could happen."

Fair Work Ombudsman inspector Stephen Mastwyk said a 2009 audit of security workers uncovered sham contracting and found 300 workers had been underpaid about $300,000.

Some of those businesses remained under investigation, he said.

The union on Wednesday launched a new professional code of conduct to tighten up loose practices in the industry.


Ah! Working in Security where finding the real thief could be your employer. Now is the time to check your super account.
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