Labour Minister Derrick Kellier is today defending the government’s decision to grant work permits to 1-hundred-and-10 Mexican construction workers employed at the Moon Palace Jamaica Grande Hotel in St. Ann.
In a statement late yesterday, Minister Kellier says the workers, whom he describes as “specialist finishers”, were hired by Mexican investor, Operadora, to meet the hotel’s April 11 deadline for opening.
As such, he says each of the permits issued are valid only for three months.
Minister Kellier says his Ministry administers a rigorous work permit regime, with priority given to the protection of Jamaican workers.
He says the Mexicans are complementing a team of some 2-thousand Jamaicans employed at various levels of the renovation.
On completion, Moon Palace is expected to employ about 1-thousand-2-hundred Jamaicans.