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Ferguson says some government MPs administering farm work programme to benefit JLP supporters

Published:Friday | February 3, 2017 | 2:16 AM
Ferguson says some government MPs, councillors and caretakers are administering the programmes to benefit supporters of the Jamaica Labour Party.

Opposition spokesman on labour and social security, Dr Fenton Ferguson, is calling for the Labour Minister to intervene in the selection process for two overseas work programmes which he says is being conducted in a partisan manner.

The programmes are the seasonal farm workers programme and the United States hotel programme.

Ferguson says some government MPs, councillors and caretakers are administering the programmes to benefit supporters of the Jamaica Labour Party.

He says this is creating unease across the country, especially among People’s National Party MPs.

In a release yesterday, Ferguson explained that the issue was raised last October and opposition MPs were subsequently allowed to submit names for a Canadian work programme.

However, he says the opposition MPs were again sidelined during last month’s selection process for the United States hotel recruitment programme held in Montego Bay.

He says the opposition was told that no new names were being taken and workers would be chosen from a previous list.

However, the opposition spokesman says the party later received information that a number of new persons were selected without any request for names from the opposition.

Ferguson says he will be asking a number of questions on this matter when Parliament resumes next Thursday.

Attempts to get a comment from Labour and Social Security Minister Shahine Robinson were futile.