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  • The Ministry of Labour and Social Security will be implementing a ‘Decent Work Agenda’ to ensure equity, security and dignity for all in the workplace.
  • The Labour Minister commented that the OSH policies, standards and systems will become mandatory under the law, and the Bill will stipulate sanctions and fines for breaches.
  • It is the final official activity for Workers’ Week 2016, which will end with an islandwide voluntary clean-up on Labour Day, Monday, May 23.

The Ministry of Labour and Social Security will be implementing a ‘Decent Work Agenda’ to ensure equity, security and dignity for all in the workplace.

This involves legislation such as the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act, which will be passed during this financial year.

Portfolio Minister, Hon. Shahine Robinson said the Bill will cover areas such as the rights and responsibilities of workers and employers; the provision of compensation for on-the-job injuries; and the provision of a more comprehensive monitoring of worksites for occupational hazards.

She noted that workplace safety and health are intrinsically linked to environmental safety and is an important element in the economic development of the country.

Mrs. Robinson was speaking at a public march to mark Workers’ Week along East Street in Kingston, on Friday, May 20.

The Labour Minister commented that the OSH policies, standards and systems will become mandatory under the law, and the Bill will stipulate sanctions and fines for breaches.

The Workers’ Week march formed part of an on-going public awareness and education programme about workplace hazards and risks.

It was the final official activity for Workers’ Week 2016, which will end with an islandwide voluntary clean-up on Labour Day, Monday, May 23.

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