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23 Nov
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Closure of the Ministry of Labour & Social Security’s St. James Parish Office

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Monday, November 8, 2021

 

Closure of the Ministry of Labour & Social Security’s St. James Parish Office

The Ministry of Labour & Social Security is advising the public that its St. James Parish Office, located at 4 Sam Sharpe Square, Montego Bay will be closed as at 1:00p.m. today arising from unforeseen circumstances.

The office is expected to be reopened for business tomorrow.

The Ministry appreciates your kind understanding and apologizes for any inconvenience caused.

 

 

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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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Limited Service Delivery at the Ministry of Labour & Social Security’s St. James Parish Office

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Thursday, September 2, 2021

 

Limited Service Delivery at the Ministry of Labour & Social Security’s St. James Parish Office

 

The Ministry of Labour & Social Security is advising the public that limited services will be offered at the newly relocated Office at 4 Sam Sharpe Square, Montego Bay from Wednesday, September 1, 2021 through to Friday September 3, 2021.

This is due to unforeseen circumstances that arise during the relocation exercise.

The Ministry appreciates your kind understanding and expects full service to be restored on Wednesday, September 8, 2021. We apologize for the inconveniences this may cause.

 

 

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02 Sep
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Relocation of the Ministry of Labour & Social Security’s St. James Parish Office

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Friday, August 27, 2021

 

Relocation of the Ministry of Labour & Social Security’s St. James Parish Office

The Ministry of Labour & Social Security is advising the public that its St. James Parish Office will be relocated to its original home at 4 Sam Sharpe Square, Montego Bay effective Wednesday, September 1, 2021.

The telephone numbers and email addresses will remain the same.

The Ministry apologizes for the inconveniences this may cause and looks forward to serving you even better.

 

 

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02 Sep
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Closure of the Ministry of Labour & Social Security’s St. James Parish Office

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Wednesday, August 25, 2021

 

Closure of the Ministry of Labour & Social Security’s St. James Parish Office

The Ministry of Labour & Social Security is advising the public that its St. James Parish Office will be closed at 2:00p.m. on Thursday, August 26, and on 12 noon on Friday, August 27, 2021.

The closure is to facilitate the relocation of the office effective September 1, 2021, to its original address at:

4 Sam Sharpe Square,

Montego Bay,

St, James.

The telephone and email contact details will remain the same.

The Ministry appreciates your kind understanding during the relocation exercise and apologizes for the inconveniences this may cause.

 

 

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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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