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    • The Ministry of Labour and Social Security is working to identify a new chairman for the Labour Market Commission (LMC), so that the body can begin its work of reviewing existing labour policies and programmes.
    • The Labour Minister said the other members of the Commission have been identified and invited to serve, and as soon as a new Chairman has been appointed, the public will be informed.
    • The LMC was formed to review existing policies and practices with respect to five elements of the labour market.

    The Ministry of Labour and Social Security is working to identify a new chairman for the Labour Market Commission (LMC), so that the body can begin its work of reviewing existing labour policies and programmes.

    Portfolio Minister, Hon. Derrick Kellier informed that businessman Douglas Orane was identified to head the body, but due to other commitments, he was not able to take up the appointment.

    He was speaking at the final meeting of the Labour Advisory Council (LAC) for 2014 held this morning (November 25), at the offices of the National Insurance Fund (NIF) in New Kingston.

    The Labour Minister said the other members of the Commission have been identified and invited to serve, and as soon as a new Chairman has been appointed, the public will be informed.

    Among those selected to serve on the Commission are: President of the Bustamante Industrial Trade Union (BITU), Senator Kavan Gayle; Jamaica Computer Society President, Silburn Clarke; Jamaica Employers Federation (JEF) Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Brenda Cuthbert; Deputy Financial Secretary, Wayne Jones; Consultant and former Executive Director of the HEART Trust/NTA, Robert Gregory; and University of Technology (UTech) Vice-President and Chairman of the Apprenticeship Board, Professor Gossett Oliver.

    The LMC was formed to review existing policies and practices with respect to five elements of the labour market. These include: education and training; productivity; technology and innovation; labour policies and legislation; social protection and industrial relations.

    The Commission will make recommendations towards the modernisation of the labour market and improving the competitiveness of the Jamaican economy.

     

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