Government urged to exercise "more scrutiny" on granting work permits

Opposition Spokesman on Labour, Horace Dalley, is calling for the Government to exercise more scrutiny when granting work permits to foreigners.      

He made the call during his contribution to the Sectoral Debate yesterday.

"Every country has foreign workers, we in Jamaica are no exception. But we abide by the Foreign National’s Act, that gives permission  and offers guidance on how work permits should be issued. It cannot be that work permits are issued by the Labour Ministry for household workers from the Philipines . The Ministry of Labour should not be issuing work permits to foreigners to come and play reggae music in a hotel,” he said.

Meanwhile, Culture Minister, Olivia Grange is to meet this week with stakeholders in the local entertainment industry.

The meeting will focus on concerns raised about the terms of  employment of  entertainers in North Coast hotels.

This follows a recent video circulated on social media in which some resorts were accused of  bias in their entertainment hiring practices.

Grange says the meeting will be followed by talks with Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett, tourism stakeholders as well as Labour Minister, Shahine Robinson.

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