|31 March, 2020

Coronavirus in UAE: Dubai firm cuts management staff salary to feed, shelter 12,000 employees

The reductions, which will be reflected on April pay slips, are on a sliding scale depending on grade

Transguard Group, which provides security, facilities management, cash services and white-collar staffing, on Tuesday said it is reducing management staff salaries for April to help cover the cost of housing and feeding its over 12,000 site-based employees who are currently temporarily idle due to the changing market conditions forced by the Covid-19 coronavirus.

In an email sent to staff on Sunday evening, managing director Greg Ward explained that the reductions will be the equivalent to the cost of providing three meals per day for a month for the 12,000+ employees in the company's multiple accommodations, a total of more than 900,000 meals.

"We are a people business, and if our employees can no longer work because their contracts have been paused or cancelled, it is our responsibility to continue to ensure their health and well-being," Ward explained in his email.

The reductions, which will be reflected on April pay slips, are on a sliding scale depending on grade, with senior management taking the largest reduction to their basic salaries.

"Our site-based staff is the beating heart of our operation, with our management team providing the structure and support that helps move the business forward. One cannot exist without the other," Ward said.

Last week, the company announced that it has been actively upskilling and cross-training employees since the beginning of the year.

waheedabbas@khaleejtimes.com

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