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  • Jamaicans will observe Workers’ Week 2015 from May 17 -25, with a special focus on workplace safety and health.
  • The week provides time for reflection on the labour uprisings of the 1930s and the sacrifices made by workers locally and regionally to gain freedom and rights, notably the freedom to representation at work.
  • Minister of Agriculture, Labour and Social Security, Hon. Derrick Kellier, reiterated the Government’s commitment to creating an environment conducive to work.

Jamaicans will observe Workers’ Week 2015 from May 17 -25, with a special focus on workplace safety and health.

The week provides time for reflection on the labour uprisings of the 1930s and the sacrifices made by workers locally and regionally to gain freedom and rights, notably the freedom to representation at work.

Speaking at the launch of Workers’ Week and Labour Day 2015, on May 4, at Jamaica House, Minister of Agriculture, Labour and Social Security, Hon. Derrick Kellier, reiterated the Government’s commitment to creating an environment conducive to work.

“We know that many workers and employers are experiencing challenges in the tight fiscal space in which we are operating, but we must continue to join hands and hearts together for the good of the country,” Mr. Kellier said.

He noted that the Ministry will continue its efforts to implement a comprehensive occupational management system in Jamaica.

The Minister noted that the Government will table the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) in the House this financial year.

“While we await the legislation, the Ministry will be working to increase public awareness about hazards and risks at the workplace and the corresponding prevention and control. A series of educational activities are being planned islandwide and will continue beyond Workers’ Week,” he informed.

Mr. Kellier said the Ministry is planning to host a major public education and sensitisation session in Portmore, St. Catherine, during the week, to help members of the public understand aspects of the impending OSHA legislation.

“Let me emphasise that safety and well-being in our places of work is a right for all Jamaican workers and a legacy for future generations,” the Minister said.