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Workers betrayed!

Published:Tuesday | February 10, 2015 | 12:00 AM

Taylor to launch book on labour relations today

SOCIOLOGIST DR Orville Taylor is to today launch his new book Broken Promises, Hearts and Pockets: A Century of Betrayal of the Jamaican Working Class.

The launch is to be held at The Undercroft, The University of the West Indies, Mona, at 6:30 p.m. Attorney-at-law Bert Samuels is to deliver the main address.

Although beginning with conquest in 1494, the book critically analyses 100 years of Jamaican labour policy from 1914 to 2014, outlining successes and areas of omission. It ends with recommendations.

The book explores areas such as contract work, HIV/AIDS in the workplace, flexitime, minimum wage, and unemployment.

"The phenomenon of contract work, which really masks thousands of hidden contracts of employment and leaves scores of Jamaican workers vulnerable, is perhaps the biggest scourge on the labour relations landscape and doubtless, the major failing - if not betrayal - of the Jamaican worker by the government of the 1990s," reads an excerpt from the book.

According to Novar P. McDonald, industrial relations consultant, "The book has filled the long-existing void that has deterred social analysis of the full story of the Jamaican workforce and the consequence of labour-management relationships on the nation's people and national advancement."

The book will be on sale at the launch and is also available at the University of the West Indies Bookshop.