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17 Jan
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Minister Samuda Condemns Brutal Killing of Gabriel King

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Friday, January 14, 2021

 

Minister Samuda Condemns Brutal Killing of Gabriel King

 

 

Ministry of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Karl Samuda is condemning the recent brutal killing of nine-year-old Gabriel King as an evil and cowardly act against persons with disabilities.

According to Minister Samuda, the news of Gabriel’s killing is deeply mortifying, and is a direct attack on the lives of promising Jamaicans from the disabled community. Happening at a time, when the government is intensifying its efforts to put systems in place to safeguard the lives and rights of persons with disabilities.

“I am expressing my deepest condolences to the family and the community of young Gabriel, I am calling on persons to come forward and give information to the police so that those responsible can be held accountable for their actions”. Minister Samuda said.

 

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16 Dec
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Monday, December 27, 2021 Appointed as a Public Holiday

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Tuesaday, December 14, 2021

 

Monday, December 27, 2021 Appointed as a Public Holiday

 

 

The Ministry of Labour & Social Security, is advising the Public that Monday, December 27, 2021 will be observed as a Public General Holiday.

According to the Holidays (Public General) Act, whenever Christmas Day falls on a Sunday, then the Monday (December 26) and the Tuesday (December 27) are observed as public holidays.

Christmas Day falls on a Saturday this year and the Minister of Labour & Social Security, by virtue of his powers under Section 7 of the Holidays (Public General) Act, has appointed Monday, December 27, 2021 as a Public General Holiday.

 

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16 Dec
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Jamaica Recognized for Efforts to Formalize Domestic Workers

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Friday, December 10, 2021

 

Jamaica Recognized for Efforts to Formalize Domestic Workers

 

 

Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Karl Samuda has welcomed news that Jamaica has been recognized for its work to formalize domestic workers. Jamaica has been included as a Good Practice Example in the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative CHRI’s report “Domestic Work is Work: Using ILO Convention 189 to Protect Workers’ Rights across the Commonwealth”.

The report examines the work that has been done to improve the rights and working conditions of domestic workers and bring them into the formal sector in the 10 years since the ILO’s Domestic Workers Convention, C189. Jamaica, which ratified C189 in 2016, is one of only 5 commonwealth countries to have ratified the convention.

Speaking at an online forum to launch the report on Friday, December 10, Minister Samuda said it is fitting that the report is being launched on International Human Rights Day. “I am also proud to know that our progress has been noted in the new report on the Domestic Workers Convention,” said Minister Samuda.

The Labour and Social Security Minister, who acknowledged the integral role played by the Shirley Pryce led Jamaica Household Workers Union in the ratification, said the Ministry continues to work with the JHWU to protect the rights of this critical but vulnerable group.

Minister Samuda noted that the Ministry is in the process of amending legislation such as the Minimum Wage Act to provide additional protections to domestic workers.

“This will ensure that they are regularly paid and that their statutory deductions are paid over so they can access their NIS. The amendments will ensure that they know their leave entitlements and that they have the necessary documentation to support their case in the event of disputes. We are also looking at the Employment Agencies Regulation to put additional measures in place to protect them against human trafficking,” said Minister Samuda.

Minister Samuda said the Ministry is committed to the ILO’s Decent Work Agenda for all workers and continues to work with the organization towards reaching this goal. In the meantime, President of the Jamaica Household Workers’ Union, Shirley Pryce has also welcomed the development.

“We are proud. Jamaica is truly a leader and a model example. We look forward to the continued relationship that we have built with the Ministry of Labour as the work is ongoing,” said Ms. Pryce.

 

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23 Nov
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More Jamaicans are Embracing Flexible Work Arrangements

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Friday, November 12, 2021

 

More Jamaicans are Embracing Flexible Work

 

 

Minister of State in the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, Zavia Mayne said that there is a paradigm shift in the mindset of employees in Jamaica. According to Minister Mayne, more and more Jamaicans are of the view that Flexible Work Arrangements increases their ability to be more productive, provides a greater balance between work and personal responsibilities, while offering opportunities for them to complete tasks at their own convenience.

Minister Mayne said this paradigm shift was reflected in a Jamaica Productivity Centre survey that was conducted recently and is critical to the country’s growth and development. He said if Jamaica is to remain globally competitive, then it will require a change in approach and mindset by all the stakeholders from the various disciplines and industries.

He also disclosed that the Government, through the Jamaica Productivity Centre is developing a Policy Framework, to heighten productivity awareness among schools and organizations, as the global market place becomes more competitive. Minister Mayne explained that this productivity awareness campaign, will be broad-based across individuals, enterprises and the national levels.

Minister Mayne also pointed out that the impact of the pandemic has been devastating on the labour market. However, the Ministry through the JPC is taking steps to ensure that the current and

future labour force, will be equipped with the skills needed to be competitive, innovative and productive.

In this regard, he said the Jamaica Productivity Centre will be embarking on a number of initiatives to broaden Productivity awareness in Jamaica. These include:

  • the launch of Productivity Clubs and competitions at the Primary, Secondary and tertiary levels;
  • the development of an App to support mental wellness among employees:
  • development of a comprehensive waste management system
  • facilitating Productivity in the Curriculum of Skills Development and
  • Strengthening of partnerships among MIND, HEART TRUST/NSTA, The Hugh Lawson Shearer Labour Studies Institute and the University of the West Indies Department of Economics.

Minister Mayne was speaking at the Jamaica Productivity Centre (JPC) Quarterly Forum on the Theme: ‘Productivity, Covid-19 and Human Capital Development’ in Kingston on Thursday.

Panellists and presenters at the Jamaica Productivity Centres’ Productivity Forum paused for our lenses. Mrs. Novelette Denton Prince, Managing Director (Acting) of the HEART/NSTA Trust (Back l), Mrs. Tamar Nelson, Chief Technical Director, Jamaica Productivity Centre (Back c), Dr. Tamika Benjamin, National Mathematics Coordinator/Tertiary Support Officer at the Ministry of Education Youth and Information, (Back r), Mr. Vando Palmer, Director of Public Relations and Communications, MLSS (l), Mrs. LaSonja Harrison, President Elect, Jamaica Teachers’ Association (1st l), Mr. Dervan Malcolm, Moderator (c), Ms. Brittany Johnson, Research Officer, Technical Assistance Services Unit, Jamaica Productivity Centre (1st r) and Mr. Dominic Summers, President, iCreate Institute (r).

 

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04 Nov
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Mayne wants more Persons with Disabilities employed in Jamaica

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Wednesday, November 3, 2021

 

Mayne wants more Persons with Disabilities employed in Jamaica

 

 

State Minister in the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, Zavia Mayne is calling on employers, to hire more persons with disabilities (PWDs), because they have the ability to perform their duties as good as able-bodied workers.

“Hiring persons with disabilities enhances an organization’s image in the general community and they have the ability to boost staff morale,” Mayne explained.

Minister Mayne who has special responsibility for legislative reform in the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, said that, he recognizes an increasing degree of hesitancy by employers to employ PWDs. However, points out that research has shown that once they are in the right job, they will be able to perform as good as other able-bodied employees.

He said that the government is taking the necessary steps to reduce discrimination against PWDs and is committed to developing an inclusive society in keeping with Jamaica’s Vision 2030.

According to Minister Mayne, “There are many Persons with Disabilities who want to be productive members of society, providing for themselves, while at the same time giving back to society like everybody else”.

Mayne was the keynote speaker at the opening of Red Stripe’s newly renovated J$134M multi-purpose employee facility on Spanish town Road in Kingston on Wednesday.

 

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02 Sep
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Samuda Condemns Violent Attack on Farm Worker

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Monday, August 9, 2021

 

Samuda Condemns Violent Attack on Farm Worker

 

 

 

Labour and Social Security Minister, Hon. Karl Samuda is condemning the recent violent attack on a Jamaican farm worker in Canada.

Minister Samuda said the attack has come as a surprise, especially as the Ministry is intensifying efforts to grow the programme, which provides temporary employment to over 10,000 Jamaicans annually in Canada.

The Labour and Social Security Minister said the Ministry has reached out to both parties to provide the requisite support.

Minister Samuda is urging farm workers not to use violence to settle disagreements, but to instead utilize all available dispute resolution channels including the Jamaica Liaison Service.

The Jamaica Liaison Service is an arm of the Ministry of Labour and Social Security based in Canada that sees to the welfare and safety of Jamaican farm workers in that country.

 

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02 Sep
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Samuda Expresses Shock of Violent Attack on Farm Worker

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Monday, August 9, 2021

 

Samuda Expresses Shock of Violent Attack on Farm Worker

 

Labour and Social Security Minister, Karl Samuda is expressing shock, regret and condemnation of a violent attack on a Jamaican farm worker in Canada.

According to Minister Samuda, the alleged attack on the Jamaican farm worker has come as a big surprise, at a time when the Ministry is intensifying efforts to capitalize on every opportunity to increase the numbers annually.

Minister Samuda said the Ministry has reached out to both parties to provide the requisite support.

He is also appealing to all farm workers not to use violence as a mean of settling disputes, but instead should utilize all the available channels including the Jamaican Liaison Services provided to each farm worker by the Ministry.

He said while he is shocked to hear of the incident, it must be condemned in the strongest terms.

The Labour and Social Security Minister is also warning that violent acts will not be tolerated by the Ministry in any of its operations locally or overseas.

 

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02 Sep
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Samuda Condemns Violence against Senior Citizens

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Wednesday, August 4, 2021

 

Samuda Condemns Violence against Senior Citizens

 

Minister of Labour and Social Security, Karl Samuda is condemning the recent spate of violent attacks on senior citizens as an act of cowardice and insanity.

In the past week, the gruesome murder of 82-year old Dorris Gordon is but one of the reported incidents of violence against older persons recently.

According to Minister Samuda, at a time when senior citizens are most vulnerable and extremely concerned about their health and safety during this COVID-19 pandemic, the abuse being meted out to them must be condemned in the strongest terms. He said these brutal attacks on our senior citizens reflect a degree of senselessness in our society and question our commitment to the sanctity of life.

“Therefore, I call on my fellow Jamaicans to care for and protect senior citizens, who have toiled to build our nation and have a right, as all citizens of Jamaica, to safety and security. It is our duty.  We must enhance the development of a gentle and caring society,” Minister Samuda said.

 

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07 Aug
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Fake News: Labour & Social Security Ministry Announces List of Persons To Receive Grants

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Saturday, July 31, 2021

 

Fake News: Labour & Social Security Ministry Announces List of Persons To Receive Grants

 

The Ministry of Labour & Social Security, is dismissing as ‘Fake News’ a Social Media posting in circulation suggesting that there is a list of names of persons announced by the Ministry, who will receive ‘Government Grants’, valued at JA$150,000 to persons who have worked during the period 2010 to 2021.

There is no truth to this information. It is an internet scam.

Screenshot images with associated website links, bearing the Ministry’s branding and the details surround such grants, being propagated, is also false.

Members of the public are being asked to ignore any such communication received electronically or otherwise and to desist from sharing this information. The Ministry is encouraging persons to check and verify that any  information about its services is authentic before taking any action.

To learn more about eligibility or to apply for any of the grants offered under the Ministry of Labour & Social Security’s Social Programmes, contact the Public Relations Unit: (876) 967-5484, or send an email to: prunit@mlss.gov.jm or visit our website: www.mlss.gov.jm

 

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20 Jul
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Samuda pledges to Grow Overseas Employment Programme

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Thursday, July 15, 2021

 

Samuda pledges to Grow Overseas Employment Programme

 

Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Karl Samuda has pledged to grow the Overseas Employment Programme to 30,000 participants over the next four years.

Each year, approximately 7,000 Jamaicans participate in the Ministry of Labour and Social Security led programme on H-2A (Agricultural) and H-2B (Hospitality) visas. Another 6,000 Jamaicans are placed in the US by private employment agencies.

“We recognize the transformative power of this programme in the lives of participants, their families and their communities. So, we want to aggressively grow the programme from 13,000 to 30,000 participants over the next four years. However, as we do so, we must ensure that our workers have the necessary protections,” said Minister Samuda.

Minister Samuda met with officials from the Department of State, the Department of Labour and the Department of Homeland Security in Washington, D.C on Wednesday, July 14 and discussed the expansion of the programme, as well as the provision of Health Insurance for H-2A Agricultural workers.

“The meetings have been successful and we will continue to dialogue with the US government. They are committed to this mutually beneficial programme and importantly, they have agreed to review some of the regulations especially as they relate to the provision of Insurance for our workers,” Minister Samuda concluded.

Minister Samuda also met with Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States, Her Excellency Audrey Marks, as well as Jamaicans in the diaspora, who have committed to playing their part to facilitating the expansion of the programme.

Over the next two days, Minister Samuda will meet with potential employers in Washington, D.C and Miami, Florida.

 

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