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Watch out for overseas job scams - labour minister warns

Published:Wednesday | January 7, 2015 | 1:36 PM
Derrick Kellier (left), minister of labour, greets farm workers departing the island for the Canadian farm work programme yesterday. - Photo by Rudolph Brown

Labour minister Derrick Kellier has repeated his warning for the public to exercise vigilance when dealing with individuals who say they can secure overseas employment.



Kellier says there are unscrupulous persons going around who are seeking to swindle unemployed individuals.



He has urged the public to first check with the labour ministry before getting involved in job agencies who promise jobs overseas.



The labour minister is also warning the public to be careful about jobs being offered through the Internet or on social media.



Keller reiterated that the labour ministry will be stepping up its surveillance of the employment agency market and it will be imposing the necessary sanctions against those who violate the law.



He was speaking yesterday at a sending-off ceremony for the first batch of Jamaicans workers under the Canadian Seasonal Agriculture Workers Programme.



A total of 340 workers left the island yesterday to take up jobs in Canada.



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