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16 Dec
By: MLSS PR Unit 0

Government Pays out Billions to Country’s Most Vulnerable Citizens in Time for Christmas

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Public Relations Unit

1F North Street, Kingston

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Hon. Karl Samuda, OJ, CD, MP

Minister of Labour & Social Security

Friday, December 10, 2021

 

Government Pays out Billions to Country’s Most Vulnerable Citizens in Time for Christmas

 

 

The devastating impact of the Covid19 Pandemic on the economy and lives of all Jamaicans, has been arguably one of the worst disasters the Government of Jamaica has faced in recent times.

As a country, we have been severely tested. We have had to maneuver a difficult balancing act, as we balance the lives and livelihoods of every Jamaican. Special attention had to be given to the people in our society, who are most vulnerable to economic shocks. In this regard, this caring Government will, under the SERVE Programme pay $1.9B in one off grants of $10,000 each, to beneficiaries of PATH and the Social Pension Programme as well as to some pensioners under the and National Insurance Scheme (NIS).

The payments which are being made through the Ministry of Labour and Social Security started on November 15, 2021 when over 6,000 elderly persons who are seventy-five (75) years and older received their grant along with their social pension payment.

During December, One Hundred and Thirty Six Thousand Three Hundred and Forty (136,340) families on PATH and 41,000 NIS pensioners, who receive less than $10,000.00 per month for pension, will also receive their grant. This totals well over Three Hundred and Sixty Thousand (360,000) beneficiaries.

The grants are in addition to the normal payments due to recipients during the period.

As a Ministry we are proud to contribute to national resilience during this difficult time by allowing the most vulnerable among us to be able to purchase much needed food and other supplies to sustain themselves, especially at Christmas, which for many is their favourite time of the year, when families get together.

As Minister, I am proud to be the Steward of these benefits to the poor people of Jamaica and I can assure you that we will account for every dollar to be disbursed.

This government does not only say ‘We care. We show We Care’.

 

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15 Jun
By: MLSS PR Unit 0

Statement – Occupational Safety and Health

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Public Relations Unit

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Tel: (876) 967-5484

Fax: (876) 948-2831

 

Monday, June 8, 2020

 

Powers of Entry of Labour Officers into Establishments

The Ministry of Labour and Social Security commends all employers and business operators who have developed infection prevention and control measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. In particular, we encourage employers to continuously monitor the protocols and guidelines established by the Ministry of Health and Wellness in crafting and implementing their internal COVID-19 symptom screening.
It has been brought to our attention that there are instances where Labour Officers of the Ministry are being asked by employers to complete symptom screening forms day(s) in advance of conducting inspections. These forms are then used to determine if the Labour Officer will be granted access to a facility. Please note that this constitutes a breach of Section 3 of the Labour Officer’s (Powers Act) which states:

“A Labour Officer may at all reasonable times enter upon any premises, other than a dwelling-house, for the purpose of carrying out any inspection or inquiry which he may consider desirable for ensuring the proper observance of any enactment which is, or hereafter may be included in the Schedule.”

The Ministry has been proactive in developing and implementing its internal infection and prevention control measures to reduce the risk of our Labour Officers being potential agents of COVID-19 transmission. You are therefore encouraged to ensure that the measures implemented are not in contravention of the powers conferred to Labour Officers.

 

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