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17 Aug
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Labour & Social Security Minister Hosts Courtesy Call by the US Ambassador

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Thursday, July 28, 2022

 

Labour & Social Security Minister Hosts Courtesy Call by the US Ambassador

 

 

 

Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Karl Samuda, hosted the US Ambassador to Jamaica, Mr. N. Nickolas Perry, who paid a Courtesy Call on the Minister at his North Street office, earlier today.  Ambassador Perry holds the distinction of being the first person of Jamaican birth to hold this office.

In welcoming the Ambassador, Minister Samuda expressed deep pride at the ascension of a fellow Jamaican to the office of US Ambassador to Jamaica, and noted that his presence was of great significance to the Ministry.  For his part, Ambassador Perry thanked the Minister for the opportunity to discuss meaningful issues that impact the quality of life of the Jamaican people, and congratulated Jamaica on attainment of its 60th year of Independence.

Minister Samuda, who was accompanied by Permanent Secretary, Mrs. Colette Roberts Risden, engaged the Ambassador in discussions surrounding cooperation between the Government of Jamaica and the US Government, particularly on Labour issues. The Minister emphasized the importance of strengthening these relations, as Jamaica sends more than 5,000 Farm Workers to the United States of America each year, and highlighted the significance of the earning capacity for each family, noting that as much as 85% of earnings are repatriated to Jamaica.

The Permanent Secretary noted that Jamaica has been supplying seasonal workers for US farms for the past 78 years, and that in addition to providing these employment opportunities, the US Department of Labour has been providing technical support to Jamaica in several areas, including development of the Ministry’s Labour Market Information System (LMIS), Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) procedures, and policies on Child Labour and Trafficking in Persons. Mrs. Roberts Risden told the Ambassador that given the multiple areas of collaboration, Jamaica is looking forward to signing a Cooperation Agreement on labour between both governments. Minister Samuda noted that signature of such an agreement during the tenure of the Ambassador would be a significant achievement.

The Minister also engaged the Ambassador in discussions surrounding the need for adequate Health Insurance for Jamaican Farm Workers.  Following the discussions, Minister Samuda and the Permanent Secretary led the Ambassador and Consul General, Stephen Black, on a tour of the Overseas Employment Centre on East Street, to observe the processing of Farmworkers ahead of their departure for various destinations in the United States.

 

 

 

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17 Aug
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Minister Samuda Pushes for 2022/23 Financial Year Implementation of OSH Bill

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Friday, June 10, 2022

 

Minister Samuda Pushes for 2022/23 Financial Year Implementation of OSH Bill

 

 

Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Karl Samuda has asserted that the Ministry team has been moving swiftly in providing support to the legislative process to complete redrafting of the Occupational Safety and Health Bill (OSH Bill) for its tabling in the Houses of Parliament.

Minister Samuda made his comments during a Courtesy Call with the President of the Jamaica Occupational Health and Safety Professionals Association (JOHSPA), Dr. Yohann White, at the Ministry’s North Street offices in Kingston, last Thursday (June 9). The Minister noted, that the OSH Bill remains a serious priority of his and the goal is to have the matter completed before the end of the 2022/2023 Fiscal year.

“We have put everything in motion thus far and I have spoken to the Minister of Legal and Constitutional Affairs regarding the urgency and importance of having the revised bill completed as quickly as possible”, Minister Samuda said.

According to the Minister, the timeline given for the legislation to be in place can be strenuous however, he believes the Bill has been languishing for far too long and must be put in place to regulate safety practices in the workplace to help in curtailing on-the-job injuries and fatalities.

On the other hand, Minister Samuda indicated that Occupational Health and Safety is a very challenging field, partly due to the lack of observation and compliance with rules and procedures, especially in the Construction Sector.

“It would be inaccurate to suggest that we are not focused on getting the Bill passed but the Bill is only part of the solution”, the Minister said.

He further indicated that he welcomes collaborations with JOHSPA and looks forward to their continued support on Occupational Safety and Health matters.

 

 

 

 

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09 Jun
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Labour Minister Expresses regrets at the Passing of Veteran Trade Unionist, Hanif Brown

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Thursday, June 8, 2022

 

Labour Minister Expresses regrets at the Passing of Veteran Trade Unionist, Hanif Brown

 

 

The Hon. Karl Samuda, Minister of Labour & Social Security and staff, express deepest sympathy to the Trade Union movement, workers, family and friends of the late veteran Trade Unionist, Hanif Brown.

Minister Samuda stated that “the Trade Union movement has lost another remarkable stalwart who has made an invaluable contribution to Jamaica’s Agricultural Sector”.

Hanif Brown started his life of service to the Jamaican people in the line of representational politics. He indicated that in 1990 he was drafted into the fold of the Bustamante Industrial Trade Union and in 1992, became Island Supervisor with responsibility for the Eastern Parishes.

Hanif Brown was one of 25 individuals whose contributions to Labour Relations was recognized by Minister Samuda at the Ministry’s Labour Awards Banquet last Tuesday, May 31, 2022. Mr. Brown was absent due to ill health.

Mr Brown worked in getting better conditions for banana growers in St. Thomas, housing and pension arrangements for sugar workers, island wide.

In his comments, Minister Samuda noted that Mr. Hanif Brown had contributed 30 years of Exemplary service in the field of Trade Unionism, particularly, for his contribution to improved conditions for agricultural workers.

Mr. Brown has left an enormous legacy in the field of labour relations.

May his soul rest in peace.

 

 

 

 

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26 May
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Be Careful of Farm Work Scams

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Tuesday, May 17, 2022

 

Be Careful of Farm Work Scams

 

 

The Ministry of Labour and Social Security has become aware that a ring of unscrupulous persons, presenting themselves as employees of the Ministry, have been fleecing unsuspecting persons of Hundreds of Thousands of dollars, with offers of placing them on the Farm Work Programme. The ring is reportedly operating in Manchester and Kingston.

The Ministry is advising members of the public that there are no costs associated with the Farm Work application process.

Persons who have paid money for these services are being advised to report the matter to the Police.

 

 

 

 

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26 May
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MLSS New Telephone Lines

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Thursday, May 12, 2022

 

MLSS New Telephone Lines

 

 

The Ministry of Labour & Social Security is advising the public that the number of telephone lines for the offices has been increased.

A complete listing is available on our Social Media pages and website and will be published in the Sunday Gleaner (Sunday, May 15).

The Ministry thanks you for your patience.

 

 

 

 

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26 May
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Labour Minister Condemns Industrial Action Taken by Air Traffic Controllers

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Thursday, May 12, 2022

 

Labour Minister Condemns Industrial Action Taken by Air Traffic Controllers

 

 

Ministry of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Karl Samuda, in response to industrial action taken by the Air Traffic Controllers represented by the Jamaica Air Traffic Controllers Association, has strongly condemned the action taken as the said matter is currently a dispute before the Industrial Disputes Tribunal and is being addressed therein.

Reports have been received that the Air Traffic Controllers are at work but not carrying out normal duties.

“I am encouraging the Tribunal to take the appropriate steps to ensure normalcy is returned to the country’s airports,” said Minister Samuda.

 

 

 

 

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26 May
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Closure of Some Ministry of Labour & Social Security Offices

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Wednesday, May 11, 2022

 

Closure of Some Ministry of Labour & Social Security Offices

 

 

The Ministry of Labour & Social Security is advising the public that its offices at the following locations will be closed today at 12 noon. This closure is due to ongoing disruptions in the water supply:

National Insurance Scheme, 18 Ripon Road, Kingston 5

Jamaica Council for Persons with Disabilities, 18 Ripon Road, Kingston 5

National Council for Senior Citizens, 11 West Kings House Road, Kingston 10

Manchester Parish Office, Lot 24 Mandeville Plaza, Mandeville

St. Catherine Parish Office, 10 Hanover Street, Spanish Town

Westmoreland Parish Office, 18 1/4 Lewis Street, Savanna-La-Mar

Hanover Parish Office, 13 Church Street, Bustamante Square, Lucea

St. James Parish Office, 4 Sam Sharpe Square, Montego Bay

St. Mary Parish Office, 51 Stennett Street, Port Maria

Portland Parish Office, 28 Harbour Street, Port Antonio

The offices are expected to be reopened for business tomorrow at 9:00 am. The Ministry appreciates your kind understanding and apologizes for any inconvenience caused.

 

 

 

 

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26 May
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Back to Work Agreement reached with NWC Workers

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Wednesday, May 11, 2022

 

Back to Work Agreement reached with NWC Workers

 

 

Ministry of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Karl Samuda has advised that a Back to Work agreement has been reached between the National Water Commission and the 5 unions representing the over 2000 NWC workers following 16 hours of meetings.

The workers will return to work starting with today’s night shift, which begins at 11pm.

Minister Samuda says the agreement was reached thanks to the hard work of members of the Trade Unions, the Ministry’s staff, the management of the NWC as well as representatives from the Ministry of Finance.

 

 

 

 

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11 May
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Ministry of Labour and Social Security Calls Emergency Meeting with NWC

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Tuesday, May 10, 2022

 

Ministry of Labour and Social Security Calls Emergency Meeting with NWC

 

 

The Ministry of Labour and Social Security has called an emergency meeting with the National Water Commission and the Unions, to discuss the actions taken by NWC workers this morning.

The meeting is scheduled for 12:30 today, at the Ministry’s office, at 1f North Street in Kingston.

 

 

 

 

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11 May
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Ministry of Labour and Social Security Has No Association with LAD Services

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Monday, May 9, 2022

 

Ministry of Labour and Social Security Has No Association with LAD Services

 

 

The Ministry of Labour and Social Security is disassociating itself from an advertisement placed by LAD Services of Grand Cayman, seeking to recruit persons for overseas employment.

The Ministry is advising the public that it is not associated with LAD Services, and that this entity is not licensed with the Ministry of Labour and Social Security in Jamaica.

Members of the public are being reminded to exercise extreme caution in avoiding job scams, and to check the backgrounds of recruiters, before paying over funds or providing personal information. A list of licensed Employment Agencies is provided on the Ministry’s Website, at www.mlss.gov.jm.

The public is invited to contact the Ministry of Labour and Social Security’s Employment Agencies Unit at 876-922-9500 for further information, or to report suspicious advertisements.

 

 

 

 

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