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Labour Minister Reinforces Commitment to End Child Labour

Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Shahine Robinson, says the Government is committed to strengthening the capacity of regional labour inspectors to eliminate child labour. She was speaking at the opening of a ‘Training of Trainers Workshop’ on Labour Inspection, with a focus on Child Labour, and Occupational Safety…

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Labour Ministry Strengthening Capacity to Assist Jobseekers

The Ministry of Labour and Social Security will be strengthening its capacity to assist jobseekers, employers and the general public to secure employment and access related services through the Electronic Labour Exchange (ELE) Unit. A total of 1,092 persons have been placed in jobs through the Unit since April 2017.…

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Training For Judges and Prosecutors in Handling Child-Labour Cases

Judges and prosecutors will benefit from training on how to handle child-labour cases. The training is a core activity under the Country Level Engagement and Assistance to Reduce Child Labour (CLEAR II) Project, which was launched at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in St. Andrew on Tuesday (June 26). The…

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IDT Western Division to Become Operational Durng 2018/19 Fiscal Year

Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Shahine Robinson, says the Industrial Disputes Tribunal’s (IDT) Western Division will become operational by the end of the 2018/19 financial year. “We have recently found a location and should have the IDT Montego Bay Division up and running by (then),” she said. The…

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OSHA Top Priority for New Legislative Year

Labour and Social Security Minister, Hon. Shahine Robinson, says passage of the proposed Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) will be a top priority for the Government during the 2018/19 legislative year. The Bill, which was tabled in Parliament during the 2018/19 fiscal year, aims to secure the safety and…

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Labour Ministry to Step up Productivity Thrust

The Ministry of Labour and Social Security is stepping up measures to improve workplace productivity. “Increase in productivity is necessary for sustainable economic development, competitiveness, job creation and prosperity,” said portfolio Minister, Hon. Shahine Robinson, in her contribution to the 2018/19 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on June…

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Twenty Per Cent Increase in NIS Payment

Labour and Social Security Minister, Hon. Shahine Robinson, has announced that old-age benefits payable under the National Insurance Scheme (NIS) will be increased by 20 per cent. Making her contribution to the Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on June 26, Mrs. Robinson noted that the payment will move…

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2018\19 Sectoral Presentation by Hon. Shahine Robinson

Mr. speaker let me begin by  expressing gratitude by thanking the Prime Minister and to my colleagues on both side of the house for the tremendous support and encouragement provided to me over the past two years, in particular during the last financial year. The success of the Ministry Mr.…

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Government to Develop Light and Hazardous Work List for Children

The Government of Jamaica will be developing a Light and Hazardous Work List, which will outline specific activities that children are restricted from participating in, so as to prevent them from engaging in hazardous work. Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Shahine Robinson, said the list will better guide…

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Minister Calls on Jamaicans to Put an End to Child Labour

Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Shahine Robinson, has reiterated calls for citizens of Jamaica to put an end to child labour and allow the nation’s youth to enjoy their adolescence. Speaking at the launch of the Country Level Engagement and Assistance to Reduce Child Labour (CLEAR II) Project…

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A Range Of Benefits Available for Persons with Disabilities

Executive Director of the Jamaica Council for Persons with Disabilities (JCPD), Dr. Christine Hendricks, says there are a range of social services available for persons with disabilities (PWDs) and is appealing for such persons to register with the entity to access those benefits. The JCPD identifies and maintains a confidential…

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Gov’t Empowering Disabled Persons Through Skills Training

Minister of State in the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Zavia Mayne, says the Ministry is committed to empowering persons with disabilities through skills training so that they can make a decent living. He said that in addition to traditional vocational training, focus is being placed on helping…

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JCPD Ready to Assist Members of Disabled Community

The Jamaica Council for Persons with Disabilities (JCPD) stands ready to provide a range of well needed support services to members of the disabled community. Persons with disabilities are therefore being encouraged to register with the JCPD to receive the economic, educational and social development benefits available. Executive Director of…

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Codes of Practice to Protect Persons with Disabilities

Workplaces will be better equipped to deal with persons with disabilities when the Codes of Practice is completed. The document will guide employers on how to ensure that the employee is not at a disadvantage. The Codes of Practice will provide minimum standards by which the public will be guided…

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Children Warned Not to Overshare Personal Information Online

State Minister for Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green (left), and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA), Rosalee Gage-Grey (right), discussing the programme for the National Missing Children’s Forum with Public Relations Officer of the CPFSA, Jeneva Gordon, at the Jamaica Conference Centre in Kingston on May 25.

Children are being warned to desist from oversharing personal information on social media platforms, as a worrying trend has emerged of them going missing after making face-to-face contact with strangers they met online. State Minister for Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, issued the caution to students at the…

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Labour Ministry Takes Position in Growth Drive

The Ministry of Labour and Social Security is working to reposition itself as a driver of growth as the Government advances its mandate for increased job creation and development. Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Collette Roberts-Risden, said this is the philosophy that will guide the Ministry towards the future. She…

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GREEN PAPER – National Policy for Senior Citizens

The programmes and initiatives for the senior citizen have been governed by the landmark National Policy for Senior Citizens (1997), which is administered through the National Council for Senior Citizens (NCSC) under the governance of the Ministry of Labour and Social Security (MLSS). The policy is in its 20th year…

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Cabinet Submission for Pension Increase in Short Order – Robinson

Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Shahine Robinson, says a submission will be made to Cabinet in short order for an increase in the rate of pension. She noted that the 2016 actuarial review of the National Insurance Scheme (NIS) was recently completed and will be included in the…

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