OSHA Being Reviewed by Chief Parliamentary Counsel

first_imgThe proposed Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) is currently being reviewed by the Chief Parliamentary Counsel (CPC), to amend contents of the draft, based on recommendations from the Attorney General’s office.Labour and Social Security Minister, Hon. Derrick Kellier, who will table the Bill in Parliament, says the review aims to ensure that its provisions conform to stipulated legal requirements, when promulgated.Thereafter, the Minister says, the draft will be submitted to Cabinet’s Legislative Committee for approval and then tabled for the commencement of debates in both Houses of Parliament.The Minister made the announcement while addressing the opening ceremony for a one-day symposium, jointly hosted with the International Labour Organization (ILO), at the Knutsford Court Hotel, New Kingston, on April 26.Mr. Kellier advised that when the Act is promulgated, the Ministry will give consideration to granting a grace period before implementing its provisions. This, he explained, is to facilitate private and public sector stakeholders with the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the legislation and get clarifications, under the guidance of the Ministry’s Occupational Safety and Health Department. “At the end of the period, it is expected that a review of the new legislation will be carried out to adjust and correct any anomalies or disparities that may arise,” the Minister informed.Mr. Kellier said when enacted, the OSHA will put Jamaica on par with its trading partners as well as greatly assist in making the country more competitive and productive globally. “What is (also) important to note is that the Ministry will now have the means…to ensure compliance with our national programme and the international conventions which we support, as signatories. The new and exacting Occupational Safety and Health legislation will enable us to improve working conditions and upgrade the well-being of our workforce,” he underscored. Speaking with JIS News, Minister Kellier said while the Chief Parliamentary Counsel has not advised when his work on the draft will be completed, he is nonetheless optimistic that it will not be delayed. He pointed out that based on the extent of work already undertaken and the “minor issues” that have been identified by the Attorney General’s office, “the CPC should be able to (address them) in short order.”“This is why we are looking to have it completed very soon…very early in this fiscal year. It is the priority Bill on the agenda of the Ministry, and we have been promised that they will leave no stone unturned to let us have it very early,” the Minister said.Mr. Kellier is also optimistic that its passage will not be delayed in either of the Houses of Parliament.“This is an issue that we expect the House to have a very spirited debate on, as well as the Senate, and passage should not be a difficulty. Everyone is (familiar) with the details of it, so it should not take much time,” he said.“I can, therefore, say with some degree of confidence, that I remain very hopeful that it will be concluded early during this legislative year. This piece of legislation is far too important to our productive future to be subjected to any undue sense of inaction,” Mr. Kellier said.The symposium, which was held under the theme: ‘The OSH Act for Jamaica, Making Work Safer, Healthier and More Productive. Are You Ready?’, is the main activity to mark Jamaica’s commemoration of World Day for Safety and Health at Work, being observed on Sunday, April 28. By Douglas McIntosh, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

Jamaicans Urged to Show Greater Levels of National Responsibility

first_img Director of the Fi Wi Jamaica Project, Professor Rosalea Hamilton, is appealing for citizens to show a greater sense of national responsibility, noting that this is key to addressing social ills.She argued that there is a direct correlation between civic pride, national responsibility of citizens and the urge to speak out or take action against deviant behaviours.Professor Hamilton said the project has been playing its role in sparking discussions around the obligation of each citizen towards the development and safety of Jamaica.“We have been using our organised conferences and training sessions as platforms from which to impress upon participants the necessity for every individual to play his role to create the Jamaica that he wants to see,” she noted.She said that when questioned about who owns Jamaica, participants had a number of varying answers that did not include themselves.“This sort of perception that Jamaica belongs to other groups or entities significantly contributes to the abdication of responsibility that has become prevalent, and we see it in the lack of bystander intervention in instances where individuals face varying levels of injustice,” Professor Hamilton pointed out.She cited low voter turnout for elections as a manifestation of the waning levels of national responsibility.“The time is right for all of us to recognise the role we play in militating against the abuse of our fellow citizens and upholding moral standards as a nation for the greater good of all,” Professor Hamilton said.The United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Fi Wi Jamaica Project, implemented in 2015, works to address domestic violence, human trafficking and intolerance within the Jamaican context, designing strategies to help stem these issues. Story Highlights The United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Fi Wi Jamaica Project, implemented in 2015, works to address domestic violence, human trafficking and intolerance within the Jamaican context, designing strategies to help stem these issues. Director of the Fi Wi Jamaica Project, Professor Rosalea Hamilton, is appealing for citizens to show a greater sense of national responsibility, noting that this is key to addressing social ills. Professor Hamilton said the project has been playing its role in sparking discussions around the obligation of each citizen towards the development and safety of Jamaica.last_img read more

Idle No More confronts Aboriginal Affairs minister

first_imgAPTN National NewsTempers flared as Idle No More protesters confronted Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt at a media conference in Winnipeg Wednesday.Valcourt was in town to talk about new federal legislation that forces band councils to basically show people the money.As APTN National News reporter Ntawnis Piapot reports not every0ne was happy with the annoucement.last_img