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JAMAICA | Opposition calls for strengthening of work permit guidelines

Peoples National Party  Shadow Minister of Labour and Social Security, Mr Horace W. Dalley Peoples National Party Shadow Minister of Labour and Social Security, Mr Horace W. Dalley
Kingston, Jamaica, June 15, 2018: The Peoples National Party Shadow Minister of Labour and Social Security Horace W. Dalley is of the opinion that the island's Work Permit guidelines must be strengthened to prevent the wanton levels of abuse currently taking place in that department at the Ministry of Labour and Social Security.

Making his contribution to the sectoral debate, Dalley told his parliamentary colleagues that work permits should not be issued for household helpers, store clerks, casual workers on construction projects because these skills are available in abundance within the Jamaican workforce.

“The Labour Ministry should not issue work permits to foreigners to play reggae music in our hotels, while scores of our Jamaican musicians cannot find work locally,” Mr Dalley said.

He described it as a disgrace, the practice of having someone on a three month visitor’s visa proceeding to opening shops in Santa Cruz, Down Town Kingston and other areas across Jamaica without fulfilling the legal requirement of citizenship. Every country, including Jamaica, must enforce its work permit laws, he concluded.

The Opposition Spokesman said the work permit guidelines are not being upheld, and the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, has turned a blind eye to the weakening of the work permit regulations to the detriment of Jamaican workers.

  • Countries: Jamaica

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