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Labour minister to meet with overseas farm work programme employers

Published:Tuesday | August 16, 2016 | 3:51 PM
Shahine Robinson

Minister of Labour and Social Security, Shahine Robinson, is leading a delegation on an official visit to Canada and the United States to meet with current and prospective employers and workers under the Overseas Employment Programmes.

She will hold discussions aimed at expanding the decades-old seasonal agricultural programmes in the two countries, during the visit slated to end on August 24.

A release from the labour and social security ministry says she will also meet with the 33 Jamaican farm workers who were affected by a bunkhouse fire at the Chary Produce Farm in Mount Pleasant, Ontario, Canada, recently.

One-hundred-and-twenty-three Jamaican workers are employed by Chary Produce Farm.

The ministry says it continues to work with the farm, through the Jamaican Liaison Service, to provide necessary support to the affected workers.

It says the additional support provided by the Jamaican Diaspora and other persons is commendable.