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Gov't to replace passports of farm workers affected by fire in Canada

Published:Saturday | August 20, 2016 | 11:50 AM
In this file photo scores of farm work aspirants gather at the Ministry of Labour in Kingston.

Labour and Social Security Minister, Shahine Robinson, says the government is to cover the cost of replacement passports for the 33 Jamaican farm workers in Canada who have been displaced as a result of a fire.

Robinson made the disclosure while at a meeting with the affected workers and their employer during a visit to the farm in Ontario, Canada earlier this week.

In late July, a massive fire destroyed the dormitory which housed the Jamaican workers.

They lost all their belongings.

Meanwhile, the ministry says Robinson is also to visit the United States to meet with workers and current and prospective employers under the Overseas Employment Programmes.