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We have engaged new security agency for round the clock security for the office. As per the contract three security guards engaged and monthly payment to the agency includes reliever guard charges also. In compliance to labour laws, weekly off will be given to each security guard and those days Reliever will be given duty. As per the above practice, the reliever is getting 12 days payment only.
But the contractor is proposing to give equal duty (22/23 days duty) all the four security guards saying no guard will come for relieving duty which is 12 days only.
Can we accept the contractor proposal or any other solution to meet this situation. I request you all to offer a solution....

From India, Delhi
The issue is arising from the fact that the reliever guard (4th Guard) has only 12 duty shifts and paid so whereas others have 26 duty shifts and paid for full month. This renders the provision unworkable and impractical. The proposal of the contractor is to have continuous cycle of duties so that all share the duties almost equally. This proposal sounds good as there will be fair division of labour. An alternative could be that the 4th guard is put on general shift on the days in which there is no reliever duty.General duty shift occurs during the normal office hours and there is max. requirement/utilisation of an extra hand. Moreover certain extra office work like record keeping or house keeping could be added to be handled by the reliever guard. Moreover keeping the reliever guard for 12 shifts is an ideal situation where other guards perform duty regularly, but you should anticipate their leave and absence situations too. This proposal entails smooth management of such eventualities. So restricting the 4th Guard to reliever duty is unworkable and impractical.
From India, Mumbai
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