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New ‘Clean Shaved’ requirement lead to lay off of over 100 Sikh Security Guards

In a recent press release, World Sikh Organisation has called for an immediate reinstatement of over 100 Sikh security guards at the city of Toronto who have been removed following a requirement of a ‘clean shaved’ guard.

In a recent press release, World Sikh Organisation has called for an immediate reinstatement of over 100 Sikh security guards at the city of Toronto who have been removed following a requirement of a ‘clean shaved’ guard.

Recently, a requirement for ‘clean shaved’ security guards has been instituted by the City of Toronto which has resulted in the exclusion of Sikh security guards. As a result, over 100 Sikh security guards have lost their jobs.

The Press release states that, ‘Notably, these Sikh security guards served through the height of the COVID pandemic wearing medical masks and were not required to be clean shaven. The new clean shave rules have been introduced at a time when visitors to City sites are no longer required to be masked. The clean-shave requirement is also not being enforced for staff and workers at city sites.’

After the announcement of the new rule, major security contactors like star security, ASP Security, and GardaWorld, has either laid off the Sikh security guards or sent them to alternative sites.

The press release also mentions a similar situation when Sikh RCMP Officers were removed from the frontline policing duties in March 2020 following a requirement by the RCMP that all officers must be fitted with N95.

In response to it, the World Sikh Organisation also wrote to the Mayor John Tory, asking for a resolution, however, no reply has been received.

WSO President, Tejinder Sigh, said, ‘It is completely unreasonable that Sikh security guards who served in their positions at the City of Toronto through the height of the pandemic are now being terminated, reassigned, or demoted for not being clean-shaven. Visitors to City of Toronto sites are not required to mask and City staff are also not being asked to be clean shaven.  It is unacceptable that the City of Toronto is unwilling to accommodate over 100 dedicated Sikh security guards who are committed to doing their jobs. Mayor John Tory and the City of Toronto must find a solution for these Sikh security guards and other affected employees.’

 

Prabhnoor Kaur 

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