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  • The Ministry of Labour and Social Security has unveiled its slew of activities set for this year’s Workers’ Week, May 18-23.
  • The week, themed: ‘Flexi-Work for Labour Market Reform and Sustainable Development’, will focus on the flexi-work Bill that is now before Parliament.
  • Keen attention is being given to the flexi-work arrangements, because of the direct relationship to the nation’s prospect for greater economic growth.

The Ministry of Labour and Social Security has unveiled its slew of activities set for this year’s Workers’ Week, May 18-23.

The week, themed: ‘Flexi-Work for Labour Market Reform and Sustainable Development’, will focus on the flexi-work Bill that is now before Parliament for approval.

Director of the Child Labour Unit in the Labour Ministry and member of the National Labour Day/Workers’ Week Core Committee, Marva Pringle-Ximinnies, told JIS News that keen attention is being given to the flexi-work arrangements, because of the direct relationship to the nation’s prospect for greater economic growth.

“We’ll be paying particular attention to the arrangement that we’re expecting to promulgate shortly, and this is in keeping with sustained economic growth and development. Through this the Ministry is trying to ensure that all the components, processes and procedures that are being implemented will lead to greater productivity,” she said.

Mrs. Pringle-Ximinnies explained that the week is an opportunity for workers everywhere to feel honoured about the contribution they continue to make to the growth and development of Jamaica.

The week’s activities will begin with a church service at the Covenant Moravian Church in Kingston, on May 18, followed on Tuesday with National Centenarian Day organized by the National Council for Senior Citizens.

This year the Council will honour 100-year-old Nerressa Golding, who dedicated the greater part of her years to the public sector.

A panel discussion on flexi-work arrangements will be the highlight on Wednesday. Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Derrick Kellier, and representatives from trade unions, the church and employer groups will participate.

The activities will end on Labour Day (Friday, May 23), with special emphasis being given to the national Labour Day project, the beautification of the Climate Change Park in Portmore, St. Catherine.

It is also expected that there will be a wreath laying ceremony in recognition of the contribution of National Hero, Samuel Sharpe, to modern day labour relations across the island.