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Pension plan coming for tourism workers

Published:Monday | March 6, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Tourism minister Edmund Bartlett has said that a pension plan for tourism workers will come on stream in September of this year.

Addressing the 2016 Tourism Service Excellence Programme Awards presentation ceremony on Saturday at the Hyatt Ziva Resort in St James, the minister said a series of sensitisation sessions were being held across the island to ensure that the stakeholders are fully on board with the plan, which will benefit all categories of tourism workers.

"We began the series with the owners and operators of tourism entities across Jamaica on March 3. We will begin the sensitisation programme with the workers. After that, we will go to Parliament, and in September 2017, we will roll out the pension plan for the workers of our industry," the minister said.

He added that efforts were being made to ensure that all tourism stakeholders are on board and that the necessary legislation is put in place for a smooth implementation.

Meanwhile, the minister said dialogue had been taking place with the Ministry of Labour and Social Security on how to create the necessary reforms to ensure that there is a labour market which is friendly to tourism workers and which offers the best opportunity for the highest level of productivity.

"In that context, we are looking for tourism to become a vocation rather than a transition activity. You don't come to tourism on your way to somewhere else. You come to tourism for a vocation with an income arrangement and a mobility that enables you to develop a career path, so you can be assured of sustainable employment in a sustainable industry," Bartlett said.