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MEDIA RELEASE 09 Nov
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Dr. Dunn Urges New JPC Advisory Board to Focus on Tangible Outcomes for Jamaica’s Economic Productivity

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<em>Wednesday, November 8, 2023 </em>

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<h4><strong>Dr. Dunn Urges New JPC Advisory Board to Focus on Tangible Outcomes for Jamaica’s Economic Productivity</strong></h4>

Ministry of Labour and Social Security is pleased to announce a significant development as Dr. the Hon. Norman Dunn, Minister of State in the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, delivered an inspiring address to the newly appointed Advisory Board of the Jamaica Productivity Centre (JPC) during their inaugural board meeting on Friday, November 3.

The meeting, which took place at the Ministry’s Heroes Circle Office in Kingston, marks the dawn of a dynamic, results-oriented strategy aimed at enhancing productivity and fostering economic growth throughout Jamaica.

Under the capable leadership of Chairman Mr. Omar Azan, the recently formed Advisory Board is composed of distinguished policy oriented research professionals with extensive experience in productivity, business development, research, digitalization, and organizational efficiency. Their collective expertise uniquely positions them to steer the JPC in fulfilling its mission of cultivating a culture of productivity and economic prosperity across the nation.

Minister of State Dr. Norman Dunn, in his address to the board, underscored the urgent need for concrete, measurable outcomes to address the challenges faced by various sectors in Jamaica. He emphasized that the JPC’s role extends beyond promoting productivity as a mere concept; it is dedicated to delivering practical and actionable solutions that enhance economic mobility, boost efficiency, and elevate the quality of life for all Jamaican citizens.

Minister Dunn emphasized, “We must move swiftly beyond theory and rhetoric and focus on achieving tangible results for productivity and transformation, in Jamaica.  The Advisory Board, under the stewardship of Mr. Azan, bears the significant responsibility of translating ideas into actions that will benefit our nation. We aim to create a lasting impact on the productivity landscape, commencing with our students in schools especially.”

The Ministry of Labour and Social Security acknowledges the pivotal role played by the JPC in building a competitive and prosperous economy and improving the quality of life for all Jamaican citizens. Minister of State Dr. Norman Dunn reaffirmed the Ministry’s full support for the JPC’s objectives and commitment to providing the necessary resources to achieve measurable results.

Chairman Omar Azan, in response, pledged his dedication to guiding the JPC board towards a strategic direction that will meet the Centre’s objectives and lead transformation in productivity across various sectors in Jamaica.

Motivated by the Minister’s impassioned charge, the sixteen-member Advisory Board is eager to assume their roles with unwavering commitment to formulating practical solutions that will foster economic growth and elevate productivity levels across Jamaica.

The Ministry eagerly anticipates an impactful and strategic approach to addressing national issues by the JPC under the leadership of its new Chairman. We look forward to a future characterized by quantifiable outcomes that will drive progress and prosperity in our great nation.

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MEDIA RELEASE 07 Nov
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Ministry of Labour and Social Security Strongly Denounces Brutal Killing of Senior Citizen in Clarendon

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Monday, November 6, 2023

 

Ministry of Labour and Social Security Strongly Denounces Brutal Killing of Senior Citizen in Clarendon

The Ministry of Labour and Social Security unequivocally condemns the recent and appalling murder of an 82-year-old senior citizen, Mr. Eustas Ricketts, a resident of the Top Halse community in Clarendon. Mr. Ricketts was tragically attacked and killed by an unknown assailant at his residence on Sunday morning, November 5.

Our senior citizens are living repositories of our nation’s history, and they have made immeasurable contributions to the tapestry of our society. They are a source of wisdom, experience, and heritage, and it is a grave affront to our collective values that they have been subjected to such brutal violence.

The Honourable Pearnel Charles Jr., Minister of Labour and Social Security, expresses his deep sorrow upon learning of Mr. Ricketts’ tragic passing. He emphasizes that no Jamaican citizen, especially those who are among the most vulnerable in our society, should ever fall victim to violence and brutality.

“These reprehensible and heinous acts run counter to the very essence of our society, where our elderly citizens should be cherished, protected, and their wisdom and experiences celebrated, not stolen away by heartless criminals,” Minister Charles stated.

The Minister also highlights the unfortunate reality that far too many of our nation’s elderly citizens have lost their lives due to violence and brutality over the years, leaving numerous families shattered. He underscores the importance of the law-abiding citizens in our society taking a stand by speaking out against such acts, ensuring that justice is served for the victims and their families.

The Minister calls upon the members of the public to come forward with any information that may assist the police in identifying and bringing to justice those responsible for these deplorable crimes.

“We also implore our fellow Jamaicans to unify our in solidarity, fostering a safer and more compassionate environment, particularly for our vulnerable citizens, especially our senior citizens,” the Minister added.

The Ministry extends its heartfelt condolences to the Ricketts family and the Top Halse community. Our thoughts and sympathies are with you during this challenging time. Together, we are committed to working towards a safer, more inclusive society where our senior citizens can enjoy their lives in peace and dignity.

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MEDIA RELEASE 07 Nov
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Minister Charles Jr. Spearheads Jamaica’s Advocacy at the Commonwealth Caribbean Seasonal Agricultural Workers Programme Annual Review

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Monday, November 6, 2023

 

Minister Charles Jr. Spearheads Jamaica’s Advocacy at the Commonwealth Caribbean Seasonal Agricultural Workers Programme Annual Review

Kingston, Jamaica – Monday, November 6, 2023– The Honourable Pearnel Charles Jr., Minister of Labour and Social Security, departs today for the annual review meeting of the Commonwealth Caribbean Seasonal Agricultural Workers Programme (SAWP), set to take place at the Hyatt Regency Trinidad in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, from November 7-10, 2023.

This pivotal meeting is a part of Minister Charles Jr.’s continued commitment to ensuring that the SAWP is mutually beneficial, advocating for the protection and promotion of the best interests and rights of Jamaican workers. The trip to Trinidad and Tobago follows a successful mission to Canada, where the Minister engaged with various stakeholders in the farmwork programme.

The annual review, a stipulation under the Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of Jamaica and the Government of Canada, is a collaborative forum aimed at enhancing the operations of the SAWP and addressing key concerns such as employment contracts, worker recruitment, housing, safety, health, and workers’ rights.

As Jamaica takes centre stage at this regional event, Minister Charles Jr. will represent the nation’s vested interest in optimizing the programme. Supply countries, including Barbados, Montserrat, St. Lucia, St Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, and Jamaica, will join Canadian officials and employer groups in robust discussions.

The series of events will commence with an Opening Ceremony on November 7, followed by caucus sessions. Subsequent days will feature a Breakfast Meeting with Caribbean Ministers of Labour, plenary sessions with Canadian government officials and employers.

Minister Charles Jr.’s presence at the SAWP Annual Review underscores his and the Ministry’s dedication to safeguarding the welfare of Jamaican farmworkers abroad. His leadership in these discussions is expected to foster a strengthened and more transparent dialogue between the Caribbean supply countries and Canadian stakeholders.

The Ministry of Labour and Social Security, as the orchestrator of Jamaica’s participation, continues to serve as a beacon of advocacy for Jamaican labourers, upholding its reputation as the ‘People’s Ministry’ – a ministry committed to advancing the well-being of its citizens, at home and overseas.

 
 
 
 

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MEDIA RELEASE 07 Nov
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Minister Charles Jr. Advocates CARICOM to Strengthen Caribbean Social Security Amidst Challenges

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Friday, November 3, 2023

 

Minister Charles Jr. Advocates CARICOM to Strengthen Caribbean Social Security Amidst Challenges

Montego Bay, Jamaica – November 2, 2023 – In a proactive call to action, the Honourable Pearnel Charles Jr., has championed the need for strategic reforms within CARICOM social security institutions. Addressing leaders at the 31st meeting of CARICOM Heads of Social
Security Organizations, Minister Charles highlighted the critical role robust social protection systems play in fostering resilience across Caribbean nations.

During the landmark gathering at Montego Bay’s Hilton Rose Hall Resort and Spa, the Minister emphasized the imperative for regional social security organizations to embrace financial reform. “Our collective future hinges on sustainable social security systems that can weather the storms of crises, as starkly demonstrated by the recent earthquake and the ongoing pandemic recovery,”
Minister Charles Jr. stated.

Echoing the sentiments of regional unity and the theme of resilience, the Minister lauded the 50-year legacy of CARICOM’s service to the community through initiatives like CSME and CASS. He credited Jamaica’s swift and efficient response to the COVID-19 crisis to a strong Social Protection Policy Framework and the strategic foresight of government reforms, which have se the National Insurance Scheme (NIS) on a path of substantial growth.

The Minister also recognized the instrumental support of regional and development partners over the past three decades, praising their role in capacity building and policy development, which has been crucial in implementing transformative programs and interventions.
The meetings of the CARICOM Heads of Social Security Organizations, which resumed post pandemic, serve as an essential platform for dialogue on social security and pension-related issues, identifying gaps, and enhancing the capabilities of the region’s institutions. Minister Charles took the opportunity to reaffirmed Jamaica’s steadfast commitment to regional collaboration, ensuring the Caribbean’s social security landscape remains strong and responsive to the needs of its people.

Caricom

IMG_DCS 6455-Following the Official Opening Ceremony and Luncheon of the CARIOM Heads of Social Security Organizations 31st Meeting, Hon Pearnel Charles Jr., Minister of Labour & Social Security (C) engages Secretary General of the International Social Security Association (ISSA), Mr. Marcelo Abi-Ramia Caetano (1st R), Secretary General of the InterAmerican Conference on Social Security (CISS), Mr. Alvaro Velarco (R), Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, Mrs. Colette Roberts Risden (1st l) and Minister of State in the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, the Hon. Dr. Norman Dunn in a light discussion which was held on November 1, 2023 at the Hilton Resort & Spa Hotel in St. James.

 

CARICOM

IMG_DSC6376-Hon Pearnel Charles Jr., Minister of Labour & Social Security delivered the main address at the Official Opening Ceremony and Luncheon of the CARIOM Heads of Social Security Organizations 31st Meeting held on November 1, 2023 at the Hilton Resort & Spa Hotel in St. James.

Caricom

IMG_DSC6432-From Left-Right-CARICOM Secretariat Communications Specialist, Mr. Salas Hamilton, Principal of the University of the West Indies Mona campus, Professor Densil Williams, Deputy Mayor of Montego Bay, Councillor Richard Vernon, Minister of State in the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, the Hon. Dr. Norman Dunn; Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, Mrs. Colette Roberts Risden, CD, Minister of Labour and Social Security, the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr., Secretary General of the International Social Security Association (ISSA), Mr. Marcelo Abi-Ramia Caetano, Secretary General of the Inter-American Conference on Social Security (CISS), Mr. Alvaro Velarco, and Chief Technical Director in the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, Mrs. Audrey Deer Williams shared camera lens following the Official Opening and Luncheon of the CARIOM Heads of Social Security Organizations 31st Meeting held on November 1, 2023 at the Hilton Resort & Spa Hotel in St. James.

 

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MEDIA RELEASE 06 Nov
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Jamaica Liaison Service intervenes in incident with Farmworkers

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Thursday, November 2, 2023

 

Jamaica Liaison Service intervenes in incident with Farmworkers

Acting Chief Liaison Officer for the Jamaican Liaison Service (Farmwork programme) in Canada, Mrs. Althea Riley, is today reporting that the service has intervened in an incident involving two Jamaican farm workers on Friday, October 27, 2023, on a farm in Ontario.

According to Mrs. Riley, based on the investigation carried out by the liaison service, on Friday a group of farm workers who had completed their work contract in Canada, were about to board buses headed to Pearson International Airport, to board flights to Jamaica, when an altercation developed between two of the workers.

Following that incident, one of the workers sustained injuries and was taken to hospital for treatment and the other was arrested by the police.

Riley said, “Upon hearing of the incident, a senior liaison officer was dispatched to the location to carry out an in-depth investigation and offer support in line with the mandate of the service.” She further stated that “We are happy to report that the injured worker has since been released from the hospital and will be returning home in short order.”

The liaison service in conjunction with the Ministry of Labour and Social Security in Jamaica will continue to monitor the worker’s recovery and where further treatment is required, the insurance policy he has in Canada through the liaison service will be activated.

Regarding the other worker, Riley points out that “the liaison service will be extending the usual courtesies in circumstances like these.” She however, highlighted that this is now a police matter, and “against that background, the service will act within the boundaries of the Canadian law.”

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MEDIA RELEASE 06 Nov
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Injured Farm Worker Assigned Lawyer

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Thursday, November 2, 2023

 

Injured Farm Worker Assigned Lawyer

The Jamaican Liaison Service has moved apace to hire an attorney-at-law in Canada to take legal actions on behalf of a 30-year-old farm worker from Westmoreland, who was hit from his pedal cycle by an impaired driver (drunken driver) on October 15, 2023.

The farm worker sustained injuries including a leg injury that required surgery. He has since been released from hospital.

The liaison service is in contact with both the worker and his family and will continue to closely monitor this situation.

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MEDIA RELEASE 23 Oct
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Minister Charles Jr visit to Canada

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Sunday, October 22, 2023

 

Charles Jr. on a mission to improve Farmwork Programme

Today, the Honourable Pearnel Charles Jr., Minister of Labour and Social Security, along with a high-level delegation from his ministry, arrived in Canada. This trip’s core objective is to engage with officials and key stakeholders pertaining to the Ministry’s Farmwork Programme.

During his visit, Minister Charles Jr. will be journeying to several farms, providing an invaluable opportunity to engage in intensive discussions with the farmworkers on the ground. “I eagerly anticipate their candid insights, and I will be encouraging open dialogue and transparent sharing from the workers.” Charles Jr said.

Minister Charles Jr. is also taking this opportunity to review various notable locations, pinpointed in prior reports, to gain a comprehensive understanding of the programme’s current status. Through these direct interactions, the minister aims to gather crucial feedback that will significantly inform future strategic directions to augment and diversify the programme.

As part of his agenda, the minister will engage the workers and commend them on their enduring commitment and years of service. He will also extend his appreciation to the employers, whose partnerships have been pivotal, not only in enriching the lives of the participating Jamaican citizens but also in advancing our national development trajectory.

Following the culmination of this trip, Minister Charles Jr. is slated to address the parliament, sharing his findings, and unveiling further strategic initiatives. This statement will delineate new policies envisioned for the programme, offering clarity on the path ahead.

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MEDIA RELEASE 12 Oct
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Labour Ministry Facilitates Dialogue Amid Petrojam Technical Services Industrial Action

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Wednesday, October 11, 2023

 

Labour Ministry Facilitates Dialogue Amid Petrojam Technical Services Industrial Action

   

Today, over two hundred and seventeen (217) workers from Petrojam Technical Services took industrial action in the form of a ‘sick out’, highlighting their reservations about the current compensation review process. This action was brought to the Ministry’s attention by the Union of Clerical Administrative and Supervisory Employees (UCASE).

Understanding the importance of prompt resolution in such matters, the Hon. Pearnel Charles, Jr. organized a conciliatory meeting.

Minister Charles, Jr. has emphasized his Ministry’s unyielding commitment to ensuring a fair and balanced approach to workplace concerns. He has appealed to the workers to reconvene and continue their duties following their scheduled meeting with UCASE, slated for 8:00 a.m. tomorrow.
Reaffirming the Ministry’s approach towards industrial harmony, Minister Charles, Jr. has ensured that once normal operations are restored, a dedicated session for negotiations will be set for 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 12, 2023.

The Ministry of Labour and Social Security stands firm in its mission to foster positive workplace relationships, ensuring the concerns and well-being of our Jamaican workforce remain at the forefront of our initiatives.

 

 

 

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MEDIA RELEASE 05 Oct
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Minister Charles and Productivity Chairman, Omar Azan commit to Collaborative Path to Enhance Productivity in Jamaica

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Wednesday, October 4, 2023

 

Minister Charles and Productivity Chairman, Omar Azan commit to Collaborative Path to Enhance Productivity in Jamaica

 

   

The Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr, Minister of Labour & Social Security, held a fruitful meeting today with newly appointed Chairman of the Productivity Centre, Mr. Omar Azan to discuss strategies aimed at bolstering productivity and productivity awareness in Jamaica. The meeting took place at the Ministry’s Heroes Circle Office in Kingston earlier today. This marked a significant step towards achieving greater efficiency and competitiveness in the Jamaican workforce.

During the meeting, both parties acknowledged the critical role productivity plays in the economic growth and development of Jamaica. They emphasized the importance of improving productivity across all sectors to enhance the standard of living and create more opportunities for Jamaican citizens.

Minister Charles Jr and Mr. Azan reaffirmed their commitment towards developing productivity public education programmes to increase national awareness and to sensitize more Jamaicans about the importance of productivity at every level. “The concept of Productivity should not be seen as just an isolated idea for businesses and business people, it is also an approach that should be adopted in our homes, families, workplace and all other spheres of life and should be embraced as lifestyle for every Jamaican citizens,” the Minister said. The Minister noted that we should swiftly look at how we can create a productivity system that includes persons with disabilities, our senior citizens and young people.

Both parties agreed the Jamaica Productivity Centre should lead a comprehensive public awareness campaign to educate employers and employees about the benefits of improved productivity. They also emphasized the importance of stakeholder engagements, including businesses, labour unions, and educational institutions, in the productivity enhancement efforts.

Chairman Azan echoed this sentiment, saying, “If we can become granular and transparent in sharing the concept of productivity to our people, then that will make a huge difference.”

The Productivity Centre is committed to working hand in hand with various stakeholders to empower Jamaican workers and businesses to achieve their highest potential. By enhancing productivity, we can unlock new opportunities and raise the standard of living for all Jamaicans.”

 

Minister of Labour & Social Security, Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr. poses for a photo opportunity with newly appointed Board Chairman of the Jamaica Productivity Centre, Mr. Omar Azan

(L-R) Minister of Labour & Social Security, Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr. poses for a photo opportunity with newly appointed Board Chairman of the Jamaica Productivity Centre, Mr. Omar Azan along with Chief Technical Director for the Jamaica Productivity Centre, Mrs. Tamar Nelson and State Minister in the Ministry of Labour & Social Security, the Hon. Dr. Norman Dunn following a Courtesy Call held at the Ministry’s Heroes Circle Office in Kingston on October 4.

 

Minister of Labour & Social Security, Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr. engages newly appointed Board Chairman of the Jamaica Productivity Centre, Mr. Omar Azan

Minister of Labour & Social Security, Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr. engages newly appointed Board Chairman of the Jamaica Productivity Centre, Mr. Omar Azan in a deep discussion about his tenureship during a Courtesy Call at the Ministry’s Heroes Circle Office in Kingston on October 4.

 

 

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MEDIA RELEASE 11 Sep
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Ministry of Labour and Social Security Responds Urgently to Fire Victims in Kingston

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Monday, August 28, 2023

 

Ministry of Labour & Social Security Responds Urgently to Fire Victims in Kingston

 

   

The Ministry of Labour and Social Security’s team of Social Workers attached to the Kingston and St. Andrew Parish Office was kept busy on Thursday, conducting assessments, and delivering urgently needed disaster relief supplies to families affected by two fires in Central Kingston.

The team delivered nineteen (19) mattresses, along with groceries, drinking water, blankets, and toiletries and cleaning supplies to the occupants of 33½ Rum Lane. Thirty (30) persons were left homeless following a fire which destroyed three houses and their contents early Thursday morning.

The team’s second stop was at 6½ Rosemarie Lane, where 21 persons had been left homeless due to another fire Thursday morning. Fifteen (15) mattresses were delivered to the householders, along with a quantity of food and drinking water, bedding, toiletries, and sanitation supplies.

The Ministry’s team has invited the affected families to visit the parish office for further assistance.

 

PAA speaks briefly with fire victims

Public Assistance Administrator at the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, Dexter Phillips (R), speaks briefly with one of the fire victims, Patricia Campbell (L), during last Thursday’s (August 24) delivery of relief supplies to the thirty (30) individuals whose homes were destroyed by fire early that morning, in the Rum Lane community of Central Kingston.

 

 

MLSS vehicles delivers mattresses

One of the Ministry of Labour and Social Security’s dispatch vehicles delivers new mattresses and other relief supplies to the thirty (30) fire victims who were burnt out of their homes last Thursday morning (August 24), in Rum Lane, downtown Kingston.

 

MLSS team uploads relief supplies into vehicle

The Ministry of Labour and Social Security’s Public Assistance team unloads one of the Ministry’s dispatch vehicles filled with relief supplies, to hand over to the families whose home was completely destroyed by fire on Thursday, August 24, in Rosemarie Lane, Kingston.

 

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