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  • Jamaica’s industrial climate is the calmest it has ever been since the sugar riots of 1938, says Labour and Social Security Minister, Hon. Derrick Kellier.
  • Mr. Kellier said the achievement is due mainly to the work of the Ministry, which has expertly and professionally handled industrial relations matters, with support from the Industrial Disputes Tribunal (IDT).
  • Mr. Kellier noted that the calm industrial climate is now an attraction to prospective investors.

Jamaica’s industrial climate is the calmest it has ever been since the sugar riots of 1938, says Labour and Social Security Minister, Hon. Derrick Kellier.

Addressing employees at the Hanover parish office of the Ministry in Lucea, during a tour on September 5, Mr. Kellier said the achievement is due mainly to the work of the Ministry, which has expertly and professionally handled industrial relations matters, with support from the Industrial Disputes Tribunal (IDT).

“I believe firmly that because of the pivotal role that the Ministry plays in dealing with labour matters, we have been able to have a calm country,” the Minister said.

“Over the last couple of years you have not heard of any of these ‘wild cat’ strikes taking place in major industries or in major government facilities…because there has been a maturity developing among the partners – the unions, the employers and the Government,” he added.

Mr. Kellier noted that the calm industrial climate is now an attraction to prospective investors, who will always look at that area before committing to spend their money here.

“To get investors to come into the country, they look for some things and one of those things is the state of the country’s industrial relations climate,” he pointed out.

The Minister thanked the team at the Hanover parish office for their hard work and implored them to continue to play their part in maintaining the very good industrial relations climate in the parish.