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Robinson says gov't committed to ending child labour

Published:Tuesday | July 3, 2018 | 11:23 AM
Minister of Labour and Social Security,Shahine Robinson (left), pins an anti-child labour button on the jacket of Chief Executive Officer of the Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA), Rosalee Gage-Grey (right), at the opening ceremony for a ‘Training of Trainers Workshop’ on Labour Inspection held on July 2 at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in St Andrew. At centre is Ambassador of the Federative Republic of Brazil to Jamaica, His Excellency Carlos Alberto M. Den Hartog - Contributed

Minister of Labour and Social Security Shahine Robinson says the Government is committed to strengthening the capacity of regional labour inspectors to eliminate child labour.

Robinson was speaking at the opening of a ‘Training of Trainers Workshop’ on Labour Inspection, with a focus on Child Labour, and Occupational Safety and Health held on July 2 at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in St Andrew.

“The Government is very pleased to be hosting this workshop to strengthen the capacity of our regional labour inspectors as part of our international thrust to eliminate child labour,” she said.

“This regional initiative will promote integrated strategies at all levels to end hazardous child labour and address the specific safety and health issues faced by workers,” she added.

Thirty-three trainers from the Ministries of Labour in Jamaica, Guyana, and The Bahamas are participating in the workshop, which is slated to run from July 2 to 6.

It forms part of the International Labour Organization (ILO) Latin America and the Caribbean Free of Child Labour regional initiative.

For her part, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Colette Roberts Risden, said the workshop will greatly enhance the capabilities of labour inspectors in identifying issues of occupational safety and child labour, “which, ultimately, will lead to a better and safer region for our children”.

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