It is alleged that standard deductions, which were subtracted from the workers’ salaries, have not been paid over to the government, resulting in the workers being ineligible to access the desperately needed relief.
“The failure of employers to honour their payroll deductions should not disqualify the workers from the relief initiative,” Dr McNeill said.
In light of the hardship being experienced by tourism workers, I am urging the government to investigate these allegations immediately and provide an emergency solution to ameliorate the situation facing our tourism workers,” Dr McNeill said.
Dr McNeill said the government should coordinate directly with hotels and other employers in the sector to establish a database of displaced workers to ensure that no tourism worker is deprived of this relief programme.
Jamaica’s tourism brand has been firmly established because of the spirit, talent, charisma and sacrifice of these workers. Let us show them that we appreciate all they do for tourism and that we really do CARE!
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