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Taylor launches 'Broken Promises, Hearts and Pockets'

Published:Sunday | February 1, 2015 | 12:00 AM

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

The launch is to be held on Tuesday, February 10, at the Undercroft at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, at 6:30 p.m. during the institution's Research Days activities.

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.

Its foreword is written by the region's leading Garvey scholar, Professor Rupert Lewis, who declared: "Taylor's approach to the study of labour relations has the sophistication of Rex Nettleford in his approach to industrial relations ... . This text can be read not only as labour history, but as economic and political history. There are not many scholars or journalists who pay attention to the working class and Dr Taylor's timely intervention is a welcome addition in the vital dimension in the discussion about Jamaica's future."

Broken Hearts, which is currently available at The University Bookshop at UWI, Mona, and will be available nationally, has been praised by international and local reviewers.


Anil Verma, professor and director of the Centre for Industrial Relations & Human Resources and Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, said: "Orville Taylor documents a century of labour history in Jamaica as only he can. This story needs telling, not only for its historical significance, but also to provoke debate over the future of labour policy. It should be an essential reading for all policymakers, researchers and students who strive to create a more prosperous Jamaica through better labour policy."

Industrial relations consultant Novar P. McDonald also lauded Taylor for his outstanding work.

"Taylor's extensive research work enabled him to examine every aspect of Jamaica's socio-economic and socio-political experience. This work will make an important contribution … in a field of endeavour which is so integrally linked to the everyday experiences of the Jamaican worker. An impressive addition to the existing inadequate body of knowledge for this field … . The quality of the research and use of the information gleaned sets this book apart from anything else that I have read during my over 50 years in the areas of endeavour which it covers."

And according to Marva Phillips, former head, Hugh Lawson Shearer Trade Union Education Institute, University of the West Indies, Mona, " The work is from the heart. A dream realised, and as Khalil Gibran says 'work is love made visible'... Well Taylored - a perfect fit."

Phillips added: "The work is a major contribution to the literature in the field of industrial relations … . Taylor's work has filled the long-existing void that has deterred solid analysis of the full story of the Jamaican workplace, the Jamaican workforce and the consequence of labour-management relationships on the nation's people and national advancement."