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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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06 May
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Updating of NCSC Centenarians’ Registry

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Friday, May 6, 2022

 

Updating of NCSC Centenarians’ Registry

 

 

The National Council for Senior Citizens is seeking to identify persons 99 years and older to update its Registry of Centenarians.

To register your relative, you may visit the National Council for Senior Citizens at 11 West Kings House Road, Kingston 10 or any Ministry of Labour and Social Security Parish Office island-wide.

Help us to recognize and celebrate our Centenarians. For further information contact the National Council for Senior Citizens’ Direct line: (876) 906-9277-8 or TOLL FREE: (888) SENIORS/ (888) 756-4677 or email ncsc@mlss.gov.jm. Please note that the cut off time for submission is Friday, May 13, 2022.

A message from the Ministry of Labour & Social Security. Providing Opportunity, Stability and Social Protection.

 

 

 

 

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21 Apr
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US $1M Investment to Strengthen Social Protection System

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Wednesday, March 30, 2022

 

US $1M Investment to Strengthen Social Protection System

 

 

Three UN agencies and the Ministry of Labour and Social Security (MLSS) today launched a new effort to lessen the impact of COVID-19 on the most vulnerable and to enhance Jamaica’s social protection system to better respond to future shocks.

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) and the World Food Programme (WFP) will be implementing the US $1.1 million joint programme “Modernization of the Social Protection Systems in Jamaica: Towards an Adaptive, Shock Responsive, Inclusive System”.

Globally, evidence shows that vulnerable groups are disproportionately bearing the burden of the health and socio-economic impacts of the COVID-19 crisis, particularly women and persons living in poverty.

A survey conducted recently by the Caribbean Policy Research Institute (CAPRI) and UNICEF revealed the difficult realities faced by Jamaican families in coping with the impact of COVID-19.

The findings showed that 80% of households reported a reduction in income during the pandemic, with significantly greater loss for families in the lower socio-economic brackets. The survey also found that only 50% of families had enough to support the household’s basic needs for a maximum of two weeks. A February 2022 CARICOM and WFP Survey found that 57% of respondents had faced job loss or reduced income as a result of the pandemic.

The joint programme will introduce tools to better identify persons who face acute socio-economic challenges due to major shocks, such as pandemics and disasters, and strengthen the mechanisms and systems utilized by the Government to provide support to beneficiaries. A key innovation will be the piloting of electronic payments to enable more efficient and faster payments, with an emphasis on payments for persons with disabilities.

One of the major benefits of the programme is that it will provide the most vulnerable groups, including children in poor households and persons living with disabilities, with increased access to shock responsive social protection programmes. In so doing, the programme will be more responsive to the needs of men and women, thereby narrowing the inequalities between them.

“We are confident that this joint programme will help enhance Jamaica’s ‘rainy day’ protection, especially for female-headed households and women working in the informal sector, and families with children and people with disabilities,” said Dr. Garry Conille, United Nations Resident Coordinator, speaking at the launch event. “We are proud to be a launching a programme that will see Jamaica developing more robust shock responsive social protection and increasing its capacity to activate rapid responses targeting the most vulnerable groups affected by COVID-19 and other shocks.”

The joint programme builds on strong partnership between the MLSS and UN. In 2021, UNICEF supported the provision of cash transfers to approximately 3,000 households comprising children with disabilities, as well as pregnant and lactating mothers, as part of the COVID 19 emergency response. Similarly, between December 2021 and March 2022, the MLSS and WFP provided cash transfers to households impacted by COVID-19. This programme piloted the use of digital solutions for beneficiaries to receive their cash assistance and supported increased accountability. Lessons learned from this programme are already being used to scale-up a government programme through the same electronic delivery mechanism and will inform joint programme activities.

“Undoubtedly, this joint programme will offer no less than positive results for Jamaica, especially at this time, when the country is rebounding and recovering stronger from the onslaught of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said the Hon. Karl Samuda, Minister of Labour and Social Security. “Today’s launch marks another important milestone in accelerating our efforts to become a more inclusive and socially adaptable society.”

The joint programme is funded through the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Grant Funding initiative. It is part of a wide set of interventions under the Joint UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Fund that are designed to support Jamaica’s achievement of targets in the national development plan VISION 2030 and several SDGs.

 

 

 

 

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21 Apr
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No Negotiations Underway for El Greco

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Saturday, March 19, 2022

 

No Negotiations Underway for El Greco

 

 

Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Karl Samuda says the National Insurance Fund is not in negotiations with any entity relating to El Greco in St. James.

El Greco is owned by the National Insurance Fund (NIF).

Minister Samuda, who noted recent reports in the media, said the NIF has not received any proposal or offer in relation to the St. James property.

In addition, Minister Samuda said no such proposal or offer has been submitted to the board of Cleveland Resorts, El Greco’s parent company.

 

 

 

 

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14 Mar
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National Minimum Wage Increase Approved

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Tuesday, February 22, 2022

 

National Minimum Wage Increase Approved

 

 

Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Karl Samuda has announced increases in the National Minimum Wage and Minimum Wage for Industrial Security Guards.

The increases were approved by Cabinet on Monday, February 21.

Effective April 1, the country’s minimum wage will move from $7,000 to $9,000 per 40-hour work week.

Cabinet has also approved an increase in the Minimum Wage for Industrial Security Guards from $9,700 to $10,500 per 40 hour work week and increases in allowances payable to security guards effective April 1.

These increases are as follows:

· Laundry Allowance will be increased $44.00 to $47.62 per hour,

· Firearm Premium Allowance will be increased from $48.00 to $51.95 per hour

· Dog Handler’s Premium Allowance will be increased from $33.00 to $35.72 per hour

· Life Insurance coverage with double indemnity protection and dismemberment coverage will also increase from $2.75m to $2.976m

The Labour Minister said the necessary orders to give effect to the increases will be tabled in Parliament in short order.

 

 

 

 

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28 Feb
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Ministry of Labour & Social Security Expands Fleet of Mobile Units

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Monday, February 28, 2022

 

Ministry of Labour & Social Security Expands Fleet of Mobile Units

 

 

The Ministry of Labour & Social Security has expanded its fleet of mobile units with the addition of two (2) 55 seater coaches, to improve efficiencies in the transportation of workers engaged under the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Programme.

The buses were commissioned into service by Minister Karl Samuda, at the Ministry’s Overseas Employment Centre during a brief ceremony on February 24, 2022, in which Her Excellency, Ms Emina Tudakovic, Canadian High Commissioner to Jamaica, participated.

Immediately following the commissioning ceremony, the buses departed to the Norman Manley International Airport carrying ninety-five workers bound for Canada.

In her remarks to the departing workers, Permanent Secretary Colette Roberts Risden noted that the customized buses had been designed with their safety and comfort in mind, and challenged them to take care of the units. “These are not your regular buses; these coaches place emphasis on providing a safe, comfortable ride. Each unit is equipped with an info-tainment system, a spacious luggage compartment, padded, semi-bucket seats with arm and foot rests, and an air ride suspension system to cushion the feel of the road. The safety features include runway lights for night travelling and a full camera system. The buses are yours, so take care of them.”

The brief ceremony concluded with the cutting of a ribbon by Minister Samuda, who was accompanied by Her Excellency, Ms Emina Tudakovic, and Permanent Secretary Roberts Risden.

 

 

 

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11 Feb
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The Disabilities Act comes into effect February 14, 2022 – a Historic Feat – Minister Samuda

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Friday, February 11, 2022

 

Disabilities Act comes into effect February 14, 2022 – a Historic Feat – Minister Samuda

 

 

 

Labour and Social Security Minister, Hon. Karl Samuda is encouraging all Jamaicans to join in celebrating the historic milestone of The Disabilities Act (2014) coming into full effect on February 14, 2022.

The Disabilities Act was passed in Parliament in October 2014, and The Regulations were later affirmed in both Houses of Parliament in October 2021.

“This legislation promotes and protects the fundamental rights of persons with disabilities in all areas of development, these rights, which are enshrined in our constitution, are supported by standards of non-discrimination,” Minister Samuda stated.

Minister Samuda added that The Disabilities Act coming into effect, puts the Government one step closer to reducing discrimination against persons with disabilities and ensuring that their rights to education, employment, health, access to public passenger vehicles, housing and premises and to participate in political office and public life.

He explained, that Jamaica has signed and ratified the United Nations Conventions of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and has adopted the concept of progressive realization. Minister Samuda said we are making steady progress in advancing the implementation of the Convention’s provisions to realise the rights of persons with disabilities.

He urged all Jamaicans today and always to show love and “Respect –Ability: Disability Rights Matter.” As citizens we should continue to work together as a nation to build more resilience, create inclusion and break down barriers so all Jamaicans may participate equally” he concluded.

 

 

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31 Jan
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Labour & Social Security Ministry Calls Emergency Conciliatory Meeting

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Sunday, January 30, 2022

 

Labour & Social Security Ministry Calls Emergency Conciliatory Meeting

 

 

The Ministry of Labour and Social Security has scheduled an emergency conciliatory meeting for Monday, January 31, 2022 at 9:00 am between the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority and the Jamaica Air Traffic Controllers Association.

This is as a result of the Notice of Industrial Action issued on Friday by the Jamaica Air Traffic Association on the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority owing to their dissatisfaction with the pace of the wage and fringe benefits negotiation which is currently before the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service.

 

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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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