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20 Jul
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MLSS North Street Office Telephone Numbers out of Service

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Public Relations Unit

1F North Street, Kingston

Tel: (876) 967-5484

Fax: (876) 948-2831

 

Thursday, July 8, 2021

 

MLSS North Street Office Telephone Numbers out of Service

The Ministry of Labour and Social Security is advising the public that the telephone numbers 876-922-9500-9 for its office located at 1F North Street, Kingston, are temporarily out of service.

The service provider is currently working assiduously to have the problem resolved in the shortest possible time.

The Ministry apologies for any inconvenience caused.

 

 

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20 Jul
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Closure of the Ministry of Labour and Social Security’s Harbour Street Office

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Monday, July 5, 2021

 

Closure of the Ministry of Labour and Social Security’s Harbour Street Offic

The Ministry of Labour & Social Security office located at 108 Harbour Street, Kingston is closed to the public today, Monday, July 5, 2021.

This closure is due to flooding caused by the rain yesterday. The office will be re-opened for business tomorrow, Tuesday, July 6, 2021, at 8:30 a.m.

The Ministry apologises for any inconvenience caused.

 

 

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20 Jul
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Samuda Appeals for World Leaders to Make Vaccines More Readily Available

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Wednesday, June 16, 2021

 

Samuda Appeals for World Leaders to Make Vaccines More Readily Available

 

Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Karl Samuda, is appealing to World Leaders, to make vaccines more readily available, so that developing countries can recover faster from the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Limited access to vaccines by developing countries such as Jamaica and others in the Caribbean, means that the pace of our economic recovery will be slower and the negative impact on our people will continue,” Samuda explained.

“Poorer countries like Jamaica are forced to use harsh non-vaccine measures to contain the spread of the virus. I am therefore calling on the World Leaders to work diligently to assist developing countries to improve access to vaccines,” Samuda said while speaking at the 109th session of the International Labour Organization Conference in Geneva today.

Minister Samuda said that, “despite the socio-economic challenges brought about by the pandemic, the government has been doing its part to assist business operators and the most vulnerable in the society to recover from the pandemic.”

“The government provided tax incentives to mitigate against the fallout, particularly to the micro, small and medium size entities, resulting in the return of $1 Billion to employers and $10 Billion was spent on implementing a social economic programme called the CARE programme,” Samuda added.

The Minister also stated that the government has been working on initiatives with the ILO’s Regional Office in Trinidad & Tobago to provide social protection and decent work for the people of Jamaica.

“Increase productivity will translate into higher profit for firms, higher wages for labour, higher revenue for government and lower cost for consumers.”

 

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20 Jul
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Samuda Makes Plea for Productivity to be Prioritized across all Sectors

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Tuesday, June 22, 2021

 

Samuda Makes Plea for Productivity to be Prioritized across all Sectors

 

Minister of Labour and Social Security, Karl Samuda is making an impassioned plea for all Jamaicans to take productivity seriously, so that the country can become more efficient and have sustainable growth and development.

“Productivity is everybody’s business, therefore, we should all seek to prioritize productivity across all sectors, industries, firms and in our daily lives.”

“At the core of productivity is efficiency, and the more efficient we are with our labour, investments and natural resources, the more Jamaica can produce,” Samuda said during the World Productivity Day forum hosted by the Jamaica Productivity Centre (JPC) under theme “National Pathway toward Resilient and Sustainable Productivity Improvement.”

His message was delivered by Collin Turner, Senior Director of Technical Assistance Service Unit at the JPC.

“We are at a pivotal point where we must actively seek to implement transformative initiatives to have long lasting productivity gains. The JPC will be exploring how to automate agro-processing to improve the quantity and quality of our agricultural products.”

He said that “agro-processing can improve agricultural productivity by reducing post-harvest losses, diversifying the rural economy, improving food security, providing employment opportunities among other things.”

Director General of the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), Dr Wayne Henry agrees with Minister Samuda and said that all is set to benefit if there is an increase in productivity in Jamaica.

“Increase productivity will translate into higher profit for firms, higher wages for labour, higher revenue for government and lower cost for consumers.”

 

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11 Jun
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Ministry of Labour & Social Security Partners with WFP to Bring Relief to the Elderly

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Friday, May 28, 2021

 

Ministry of Labour & Social Security Partners with WFP to Bring Relief to the Elderly

 

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has donated 11,339 Food packages and 30 tablets valued at just over a $US1.06M to the Government of Jamaica. The items which were handed over to the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, forms part of the Government’s Covid 19 Care Programmeto assist vulnerable households and in particular the elderly.

Labour and Social Security Minister, Honorable Karl Samuda in expressing his appreciation said that the donation will enhance the Government’s effort to reduce the impact of Covid 19 on the food security of the most vulnerable. Minister Samuda explained that Jamaica is fighting to decrease infection rates within the county, with the elderly population being the most affected and more vulnerable to succumbing to the virus. One of the most crucial strategies for curbing the spread of COVID-19 is to stay at home. “I recognize that this is a challenge when one needs to go out in search of food, medicine and other necessities. The Ministry’s food distribution programme aim to meet the food and nutritional needs of our Senior Citizens and other vulnerable persons to ensure that we can keep them safe,” he said.

Meanwhile, WFP representative in Jamaica Ms Sara Netzer, said that regional findings across three CARICOM COVID-19 Food Security and Livelihoods Impact Survey, administered by WFP over the last year revealed significant job loss, increasing food prices and poorer food consumption overall. The impact has been felt more severely as time goes on, particularly for the poorest households.

Mr. Regis Chapman, Regional Representative for WFP in Barbados, pointed out that the provision of access to food as well as technical and logistical support is paramount during times of crisis; and the pandemic is no exception.

He explained, Jamaica has significant experience in using social protection in a disaster context. The Government and people of Jamaica are, therefore, in the prime position to further strengthen their response capacities through this partnership”.

This current partnership between the Ministry of Labour Social Security and WFP to support the national COVID-19 response, builds on key lessons learnt in the past, to navigate this unprecedented period in the nation’s history.

 

 Honourable Karl Samuda, (C)Minister of Labour & Social Security, along with Colette Roberts Risden, (R) Permanent Secretary and Miss Suzette Morris, (L) Director of Social Security received food items from Sara Netzer, (1st right) Programme Policy Officer of the World Food Programme to assist Senior Citizens.

 

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11 Jun
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Temporary Relocation of the Ministry of Labour & Social Security’s St Thomas Parish Office

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Friday, May 28, 2021

 

Temporary Relocation of the Ministry of Labour & Social Security’s St Thomas Parish Office

 

The Ministry of Labour & Social Security is advising the public that its St Thomas Parish Office will be temporarily relocated to the Anglican Church Hall at 6 South Street, Morant Bay effective Tuesday, June 1, 2021.

To facilitate the move, our offices will be closed to the public on Monday, May 31, 2021. The temporary relocation is to facilitate renovation works of the current office.

The Ministry apologizes for any inconvenience caused as we work to improve our facilities for staff and customers.

 

 

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16 Apr
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Labour Ministry Advises Employers To Follow Labour Laws & Disaster Risk Management Protocols

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Thursday, April 15, 2021

 

Labour Ministry Advises Employers To Follow Labour Laws & Disaster Risk Management Protocols

 

It has come to the attention of the Ministry of Labour and Social Security that workers are concerned by memos purportedly issued by employers mandating that they be vaccinated or
otherwise be asked to resign.

While the Ministry of Health and Wellness is encouraging persons to be vaccinated against the Covid 19 virus, vaccination remains a personal choice.

The Ministry of Labour and Social Security is therefore advising workers to refer to the Labour Division any action taken by an employer against them that may be deemed prejudicial to their
reluctance to being vaccinated.

 

 

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16 Apr
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Samuda Express Great Sadness at the Passing of Jamaica’s Supercentenarian, Stephen Wright

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Thursday, April 8, 2021

 

Samuda Express Great Sadness at the Passing of Jamaica’s Supercentenarian, Stephen Wright

 

Minister of Labour & Social Security, Karl Samuda said he is saddened at the passing of Jamaica’s oldest supercentenarian, Stephen Wright. Mr. Wright died peacefully at his home in Sanguinette, Clarendon on Saturday, April 3, 2021. According to Minister Samuda, Jamaica is blessed to have another supercentenarian attaining the age of 115 years after our longest living centenarian in the world, Violet Mosse-Brown who died in 2017 at the age of 117 years old and created history for Jamaica.

Mr. Wright was an ardent Christian who lived a selfless life and served his community well. He worked in the capacity of a District Constable in the earlier years of his career. He also travelled to the United States as a farm worker and was a veteran who fought in World War 11. His family members recalled him as one who loved people especially children and throughout his life he was generous. He has always accredited his longevity to Exodus 20:12 “Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth.”

He was born on August 24, 1905 in St. Elizabeth to parents Estella Simpson-Wright and David Wright. He was the first of twenty (20) siblings of which two brothers and a sister is alive. He was married to Alvira McDonald and their union produced nine (9) children of which two predeceased him and seven are alive, his wife predeceased him in 1992. A supercentenarian is a person who has reached the age of 110 years or older.

“The Ministry of Labour and Social Security’s, National Council for Senior Citizens salutes an extraordinary citizen and commends his contribution to nation building. We extend sincere condolences to his family, friends and community,” Minister Samuda says.

 

 

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16 Apr
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Closure of the Ministry of Labour and Social Security’s NIS Ripon Road Office

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Thursday, April 8, 2021

 

Closure of the Ministry of Labour and Social Security’s NIS Ripon Road Office

This is to advise that the Ministry’s National Insurance Scheme Office at 18 Ripon Road, Kingston 5 will be closed to the public today, Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 2:00 pm.

This closure is to facilitate a comprehensive sanitization exercise. The office will be re-opened for business on Friday, April 9, 2021 at 8:30 a.m.

The Ministry apologises for the inconvenience caused.

 

 

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05 Apr
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Closure of the Ministry of Labour and Social Security’s St. Mary Parish Office

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Monday, April 5, 2021

 

Closure of the Ministry of Labour and Social Security’s St. Mary Parish Office

This is to advise that the Ministry’s St. Mary Parish Office at 51 Stennett Street, Port Maria, St.
Mary will be closed to the public on Tuesday, April 6, 2021.

This closure is to facilitate a comprehensive sanitization exercise. The office will be re-opened for
business on Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at 8:30 a.m.

The Ministry apologises for the inconvenience caused.

 

 

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