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  • The Ministry of Labour and Social Security is moving assiduously to amend several labour laws, as part of measures to effect labour market reform in Jamaica.
  • Some of the Acts to be amended include: the Holidays with Pay Act; Minimum Wage Act; Foreign Nationals and Citizenship Employment Act, and Labour Relations and Industrial Disputes Act.
  • The establishment of a Commission for Labour Market Reform is being proposed.

The Ministry of Labour and Social Security is moving assiduously to amend several labour laws, as part of measures to effect labour market reform in Jamaica.

Some of the Acts to be amended include: the Holidays with Pay Act; Minimum Wage Act; Foreign Nationals and Citizenship Employment Act, and Labour Relations and Industrial Disputes Act.

Portfolio Minister, Hon. Derrick Kellier, made the announcement during his contribution to the 2014/15 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on May 28.

Mr. Kellier also informed that in furtherance of the process of reform, the establishment of a Commission for Labour Market Reform is being proposed.

“This Labour Market Reform Commission will be tasked with conducting consultations with the relevant stakeholders relating to education and training, technology and innovation, labour policies and legislation, social protection, industrial relations and productivity,” he noted.

The Minister said the major findings and recommendations from these consultations will be used for further legislative amendments and to generate policies and programmes to be implemented by the relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies.

He informed that the actual composition and terms of reference of the Commission will be announced at a later date.

Meanwhile, Mr. Kellier pointed out that the Ministry has done a considerable amount of work in-house to align training and employment.

He also noted that this process included the revamping of the Ministry’s Electronic Labour Exchange (ELE) platform and the facility to match high-skilled and professional job seekers with prospective employers via the Jamaica Employ Programme, which is designed to impact the level of unemployment among members of the professional class.

“What we have done is to bring these labour market platforms to the level where their proper use by employers can boost, considerably, job creation in Jamaica, on the road to building a better and more productive nation,” Mr. Kellier said.