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'Flexi-work laws can address public holiday concerns'

Published:Monday | October 6, 2014 | 12:33 PM

Debbie-Ann Wright, News Editor - Radio



KINGSTON, Jamaica:

The Head of the Jamaica Productivity Centre says the recently passed flexi-work laws could address concerns that the current structure of the country’s public holidays is impacting productivity levels.




His comment follows a call by Chairman of the Lasco Group of Companies, Lascelles Chin, for a review of the structure of public holidays.



Chin argues that public holidays which fall during the week disturb productivity, particularly for manufacturers.



Executive Director of the Jamaica Productivity Centre, Dr Charles Douglas, says his call for a review is valid.



However, he says some of the concerns expressed by Chin can be addressed using the provisions of the flexi-work week legislation.



In the meantime, Dr Douglas says serious thought would have to be put into how the holidays are restructured if the Government decides to go that route.



He says many Jamaicans have gotten used to the current structure and may not be in favour of an adjustment.



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