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Labour market reform in progress- Robinson

Published:Monday | February 27, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Minister of Labour and Social Security Shahine Robinson has outlined steps being taken by the Government to reform the labour market in Jamaica.

Addressing the opening of the Caribbean Future of Work forum, held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in Kingston on February 22, the minister cited the establishment of the Labour Market Reform Commission in 2015 to ensure that educational and training programmes are aligned to new and emerging jobs, among other outcomes.

"In addition to the skills and competencies to be acquired, we have to make a concerted effort to also improve social skills, creative skills, thinking skills, entrepreneurial skills and logistical skills, if we are to create the ideal CARICOM worker who must play a catalytic role in implementing the policies and programmes to provide economic growth and provide quality jobs," she said.

The minister hailed the staging of the Caribbean Future of Work forum as having special and symbolic significance, as it provided the opportunity to add distinctive value to policy outcomes and innovative changes for quality jobs in the labour force.

She said the themes framing the discussions at the forum - Decent Jobs for All, Governance of Work, and Organisation of Work and Production - provide the scope and depth to cover emerging trends in the labour market.


Robinson argued that key policy initiatives and labour-market activities, particularly for the Caribbean, must give due respect to the primacy of labour and the significance of human interactions in the world of work.

Meanwhile, director general of the International Labour Organization, Guy Ryder, said the discussions would highlight the Caribbean perspectives on the 'Future of Work' theme, which has been selected for global reflection by the international organisation.

"Let us try to join together in this future-of-work initiative and work out how we can shape a future of work that we want, to respond to the basic imperatives of social justice," he said.