Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Derrick
Kellier, says the government will not tolerate any abuse of rights or
discrimination of employees under the proposed flexi-work week arrangements.
He gave the assurance as he addressed the 55th National
Conference of the Association of Methodist Men’s Fellowship, Jamaica District
held on July 20, at St. John’s Methodist Church in Montego Bay.
Minister Kellier, in his presentation, again gave
government’s commitment to ensure that workers’ right to worship is protected
under the legislation.
He told the congregation that the implementation of
flexi-week should not contravene the right to worship as employees will be
afforded the opportunity to negotiate their work hours, work days and rest
Noting that some sectors such as tourism and security are
already utilising flexi-work, Minister Kellier said that the new legislation is
aimed at removing the legal restrictions that prevent the proper implementation
of the arrangements between employers and their employees.
The introduction of flexi-work is part of government’s
economic recovery strategy and is intended to increase employment
opportunities; enhance productivity; improve customer service and afford
workers the opportunity to better structure their lives through a flexible
employee/employer work arrangement.
Among the legislation to be amended are: The Shop and
Offices Act and Regulations, which impose restrictions on the opening and
closing hours of shops; the Town and Communities Act; the various Minimum Wage
Orders; the Holidays and Pay Acts; and the Women (Employment of) Act, which
places restrictions on the ability of women to work at night.
For workers, who may face discrimination for refusing to
change their work schedule, Mr. Kellier said “this is where the Ministry comes
in, because if you are already employed in an entity, we are not going to allow
the employer to abuse (the worker). The Ministry will take that situation up in
hand and have it properly dealt with to the benefit of everyone.”
The Minister in the meantime, called on the church to
partner with Government in the delivery of assistance and interventions to the
vulnerable groups in society mainly the young, persons with disabilities and
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