A former member of the Industrial Disputes Tribunal, IDT, is calling for a review of Jamaica’s labour laws.
The former IDT member, Rion Hall, is supporting a call made by at least three groups representing local businesses, for a revision of the country’s Labour Laws of 1976. Mr. Hall says the labour laws cause the IDT to favour employees.
According to Mr. Hall, the laws were designed to be employee-oriented.
Mr. Hall says as things stand, the IDT will rule in favour of an employee even if the worker has done something wrong, as long as the employer breaks the tribunal’s procedure. He says when he got to the IDT in 2010, he pushed for this practice to be amended.
Meanwhile, President of the Jamaica Jamaica Manufacturers and Exporters Association, JMEA, Metry Seaga, says the government has been slow to respond to requests from business owners that would make them more compliant with labour laws when it comes to dismissing employees.