Minister of Water and Housing, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, has argued that a strong civil service association is an asset to any Government.
“The Jamaica Civil Service Association (JCSA) has a distinguished history and has made outstanding contributions to the public service…not only in expanding the horizon of representation to workers, but in contributing to the structure of Government,” he said.
Dr. Chang was addressing the official opening ceremony of the JCSA’s Western Regional Office, in Montego Bay, St. James, on September 3.
Citing the Association’s Mission Statement, which seeks to uphold the highest qualities of professional service to the nation, through the guarantee of a highly trained workforce, Dr. Chang made a call for more of the members as well as prospective members of the association, to get involved in the activities and programmes, thereby adding to the strength and continued effectiveness of the JCSA.
President of the Jamaica Civil Service Association (JCSA), Wayne Jones (left) and Minister of Water and Housing, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang (centre), participate in cutting the ribbon to signal the official opening of the JCSA’s Western Regional Office, in Montego Bay, St. James, on September 3.
“This year marks a very critical year of challenges for the country and it is strongly hoped that the JCSA, with its mandate and mission focus, will seek to pull all the civil servants and other stakeholders together, to get this country on the right footing as we all look to the future with anticipation,” the Minister said.
Dr. Chang congratulated the Association for serving the workers and the country for over 90 years and for opening up a new office in Montego Bay.
Managing Editor of the Western Mirror, Lloyd B. Smith, in his address, commended the JCSA for what he described as, “a very bold and innovative step it has taken in establishing an office in the West.”
“I have absolutely no doubt that this bold step will enable you to better serve the vast number of members in this region as well as the wider society in every possible way. I am pleased with the level of growth of the organisation, which has become very responsible while being responsive to the overall needs of workers. I believe that the JCSA has transformed the image of what a trade union ought to be,” Mr. Smith said.
President of the JCSA, Wayne Jones, was joined by Dr. Chang; Deputy Mayor of Montego Bay, Councillor Cecil Davis and President Emeritus of the National Workers Union, Clive Dobson, in cutting the ribbon to signal the official opening of the office.