(Jamaica Observer) Member of Parliament (MP) for Manchester North Western Mikael Phillips has called for a push back against Caribbean Community (Caricom) countries that continue to shut out Jamaicans who are legitimately seeking employment in those member states under the free movement clause of the Caribbean Single Market and Economy (CSME).
The Ministry of Labour and Social Security (MLSS) has revealed that most member countries have not made the necessary legislative changes to recognise the five categories that were added to the original list of workers that are eligible for employment in all member states under the agreement.
Phillips argued that employers in some of these countries that are resistant to amending their laws are at the same time encouraging Jamaicans to take up jobs which pay low wages.
“If they have the certificate they will have to pay them a higher wage, but yet they encourage them to come down there; if they make it through immigration it's fine and good, but once they get caught there is no repercussion to that employer. As a country we have to protect our own nationals in applying pressure to these member states to either adjust or we also have a stringent entrance application,” he said.