Flexi-work bill passed
Gary Spaulding, Senior Gleaner Writer
Parliamentarians have passed legislation to allow for flexi-work arrangements after nearly two decades of negotiations.
Urging all sectors of society to support the bill, Parliamentarians were at pains to assure church leaders that flexi-work arrangements were not a threat to rights of persons to worship on their chosen day.
Opposition MP Delroy Chuck called for the immediate implementation of flexi-work arrangements in the civil service, particularly the collectorates and the courts.
He noted that because of the nature of their professions, police, nurses and doctors are required to exercise some form of flexibility in the execution of their duties.
Labour Minister Derrick Kellier, who closed the debate which started two weeks ago, has promised to intensify public education campaign on flexi-work arrangements through Government agencies, such as the Jamaica Information Service.
Kellier said the Ministry will also be ensuring that the system will be institutionalised to ensure that persons are sensitised to the modalities of the impending flexi-work week.
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