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Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Pearnel Charles, says that there has been no change in the Government’s policy that, where Jamaicans are available to fill jobs, no foreigners will be granted work permits for those jobs.
“I want to assure you that the instruction that I have from the Cabinet, is that whenever there is a Jamaican that can fill the vacancy, no work permit should be issued to a foreigner( for the same job),” Mr. Charles told the Standing Finance Committee of the House of Representatives, Tuesday (September 29), as it reviewed the Supplementary Estimates.
He was responding to questions from Opposition Member of Parliament, Dr. D.K. Duncan, asking the Minister to respond to a recent press release from the National Workers Union (NWU) which, he said, accused the Ministry of issuing work permits to North Coast hotels for vacancies which could be filled by Jamaicans.
Mr. Charles said that he had heard the allegation in the media, but that there was no truth to it.
“I am advising that nobody signs work permits in my Ministry, but me. Therefore, I can assure you that it is nothing but rumour,” he said.
He said the allegations should be directed to the Ministry or the Immigration Department to be dealt with.
The Work Permit Section of the Ministry of Labour and Social Security is responsible for the administration of the Foreign Nationals and Commonwealth Citizens (Employment) Act and the Caribbean Community Free Movement of Skilled Persons Act. Copies of the acts are available at Jamaica Printing Services, Duke Street, downtown Kingston.

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