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PSOJ welcomes tabling of the Occupational Health and Safety Bill

Published:Monday | February 26, 2018 | 12:00 AMPaul Clarke

President of the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica Howard Mitchell says he welcomes the tabling of the Occupational Health and Safety Bill and that he awaits a robust and healthy debate and the passage of the Bill into Law at an early date.

The Bill was tabled in Parliament recently by the Labour and Social Security Minister Shahine Robinson.

"This particular piece of Legislation along with the much delayed Sexual Harassment Bill will be a significant signal of Jamaica's reform of its Labour Legislation and its commitment to achieving equitable, safe and harmonious working conditions for its citizens," Mitchell said.

"The PSOJ urges the Government to expedite the processing of the Marshall Hall led Labour Market Reform Commission Report which appears to have disappeared into a bureaucratic labyrinth on its journey towards Cabinet consideration and ultimately into the Public Domain," Mitchell said.

"The Hon. Minister of Labour and Social Security is not one to allow bureaucracy to delay her efforts and we call on her to urgently apply her forceful will to move the Report through its channels and for Public discussion as early Reform of the Labour Market is critical to the development of our Human Capital and to the growth and increased investment that Jamaica so badly needs." Mitchell stated.