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Dalley wants law implemented to protect contract workers

Published:Wednesday | June 13, 2018 | 2:43 PM
Horace Dalley - File photo

The Opposition Spokesperson on Labour Horace Dalley has called for the Government to craft legislation to protect workers from problematic contract labour engagements.

“Too many Jamaican workers in the BPO (Business Process Outsourcing) sector, the tourism sector, and our security guards have been caught up and are being exploited in this unfair system of contract work, and the practice is expanding,” Dalley argued as he made his Sectoral Debate yesterday in Parliament.

According to him, several workers have been denied basic rights such as vacation leave, maternity leave, and sick leave.

Dalley said, “Mr Speaker, as Opposition Spokesperson on Labour, I call [for] the Government to join with the Opposition in promulgating legislation as a matter of urgency to protect the vulnerable workers of Jamaica from this oppressive, exploitative and unfair system of employment relations,”.

The opposition spokesperson pointed out that the Government loses out on statutory deductions as a result of the practice and reasoned that problems arising from contract work would represent a regression for Jamaica's labour rights movement.

"In 1938, 80 years ago, our founding fathers and mothers of modern Jamaica joined with the working class to resist this exploitative relationship at the workplace. We were there and we are not going back," Dalley said.

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