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Branch of IDT Could Be Set Up In Mo-Bay

The Government is planning to establish a branch of the Industrial Disputes Tribunal (IDT) in Montego Bay, St. James, next year. This was disclosed by Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Derrick Kellier, during the IDT’s Christmas luncheon, held … Continued


18 JEEP Workers to Be Permanently Employed

Some 18 persons, who are benefitting from temporary work in the food processing industry under the Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme (JEEP), are to be permanently employed at the end of their 26-week stint. The workers have been employed to Southern … Continued


More Benefits for NIS Beneficiaries

The House of Representatives has approved amendments to the National Insurance Act, resulting in increased benefits to contributors. In piloting the Bill in the House on December 11, Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Derrick Kellier, said that the … Continued


Early Stimulation Programme Salutes Founding Members

The Early Stimulation Programme (ESP) hounoured its six founding members on Wednesday (December 5), at an awards ceremony held at the Ministry of Labour and Social Security’s North Street office in Kingston. They are:  Dr. Marigold Thorburn, Family Nurse Practitioner, … Continued


ESP to Honour Founders

The Early Stimulation Programme (ESP) will be hosting an awards ceremony in honour of its founders, at the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, 1F North Street,  in Kingston, on December 5, starting at 2:30 p.m. Director of the ESP, … Continued


Unemployment Insurance Scheme to Be Explored at Forum

An Unemployment Insurance Scheme  for Jamaica will  be explored at the annual Labour Market Reform forum, to be held  at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston, on December 6. This was disclosed by Labour Market Analyst in the Human … Continued


Labour Ministry Acquires New Vehicles

The Ministry of Labour and Social Security has boosted its capacity to deliver social services to vulnerable Jamaicans through the acquisition of 13 Toyota Hilux Pick-up Trucks, valued at $38.5 million. The vehicles, which were handed over to portfolio Minister, … Continued


Many JEEP Projects Underway in the Parishes

Several infrastructural projects are in progress across the island, with many being undertaken through the Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme (JEEP). These projects include, but are not limited to: road repairs; bushing of roads; bridge repairs; and the cleaning and maintenance … Continued


18,000 New Persons Find Employment

The Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) is reporting that 18,000 new persons were employed as at July this year, to bring the total number (of persons employed) to 1,094,700, an increase of 11,100 persons, relative to the similar period last … Continued


Partnership Needed for Good Governance – SDC

Executive Director, Social Development Commission (SDC), Dr. Dwayne Vernon, has cited the need for a partnership involving “an accountable and transparent political mechanism and empowered and responsible civil society stakeholders”, in order for Jamaica to achieve good and effective governance. … Continued


SDC to Provide More Help for Community Activities

Executive Director of the Social Development Commission (SDC), Dr. Dwayne Vernon, says the agency is seeking to position itself to further assist in bolstering self-help activities in communities islandwide. Speaking at the second SDC Parish/Town Hall meeting, in May Pen, … Continued


Government to Roll out Job Creation Programme

Local Government and Community Development Minister, Hon. Noel Arscott, says the Government is in the process of rolling out the country’s Local Economic Development (LED) programme, which will facilitate the creation of new enterprises, jobs, and income, for beneficiary stakeholders. … Continued


Disabilities Expo and Lecture Today

The Environmental Foundation of Jamaica (EFJ) will be staging its 8th Annual Public Lecture and Exposition on Thursday (November 1) at Emancipation Park, starting at 2:00 p.m. The event is being held in collaboration with the Council of Voluntary Social … Continued


Council Seeking to Reach More Jamaicans with Disabilities

The Jamaica Council for Persons with Disabilities (JCPD) is looking to reach more Jamaicans with disabilities so that the Government can adequately cater to their educational, economic, and social development. Through funding from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Council … Continued


Regular Data on Labor Force Needed – Dalley

Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Horace Dalley, says Jamaica needs to have regular, timely and reliable data on the labour force. He further says that a modern economy “must be able to … Continued

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