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  • Tourism and Entertainment Minister, Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill, says the contributory pension scheme for the island’s hotel workers will become operational by January 2017.
  • He said a special committee has been established in the Ministry to work out details of the pension scheme, to ensure that if a worker moves from one company to another, the benefits are not lost.
  • Meanwhile, Dr. McNeill reiterated his intention to ensure that tourism workers are provided with affordable housing solutions, with support from the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) and the National Housing Trust (NHT).

Tourism and Entertainment Minister, Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill, says the contributory pension scheme for the island’s hotel workers will become operational by January 2017.

Addressing a staff awards function at the Hyatt Ziva and Zilara Rose Hall Resorts in Montego Bay, St. James, on February 2, the Minister informed that the start-up date for the scheme has already been approved by the Cabinet.

He said a special committee has been established in the Ministry to work out details of the pension scheme, to ensure that if a worker moves from one company to another, the benefits are not lost.

“If workers move from one property to another, they can move with their pension and continue to build their pension,” Dr. McNeill added.

The Minister said the idea behind the pension scheme is for every hospitality worker to be able to retire with dignity, knowing they will have some financial security.

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Tourism and Entertainment Minister, Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill (right), in discussion with the General Manager of the Hyatt Ziva and Zilara Rose Hall Resorts in Montego Bay, St. James, during the hotel’s Eminence Staff Awards ceremony on February 2.

Meanwhile, Dr. McNeill reiterated his intention to ensure that tourism workers are provided with affordable housing solutions, with support from the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) and the National Housing Trust (NHT).

“Working along with the Tourism Enhancement Fund, we are ensuring that we get the properties within, and surrounding the tourism centres where we can provide proper housing. We have already spoken to the National Housing Trust…,” the Minister said.