The labour relations struggle fueled by the Petrojam saga is intensifying as at least three groups representing local businesses are calling for a revision of the country’s Labour Laws of 1976.
They’re the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce (JCC) the Private Sector Organization of Jamaica (PSOJ) and the Jamaica Manufacturers and Exporters Association (JMEA).
President of the PSOJ, Howard Mitchell described the current labour laws as antiquated, bureaucratic, time-consuming and expensive.
Mr. Mitchell says the Labour Reform Committee, which was convened in 2017, issued a report that was tabled in Parliament more than three months ago but hasn’t been debated.
The PSOJ boss says the unions are seemingly resistant to effect change to the country’s labour relations framework.
Meanwhile, President of the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce, Lloyd Distant Jr. says his members are concerned about how the Industrial Disputes Tribunal handles the cases it hears.
Both Mr Distant and Mr Mitchell expect changes to be made to the country’s labour laws by the end of the upcoming 2019/2020 fiscal year.