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Opposition calls for passage of OSHA legislation to protect workers

Opposition calls for passage of OSHA legislation to protect workers

Opposition Spokesperson for Labour and Social Security, Dr. Fenton Ferguson is seriously concerned about the impact the present conditions at the Cornwall Regional Hospital are having on the patients and workers.

Dr. Ferguson is saying that while the present crisis is seen in the context of health, the long awaited Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) that continues to languish in the Ministry of Labour and Social Security must be brought to Parliament now.

The Opposition Spokesperson is of the view that until this Act is passed in Parliament, the rights of workers to safety and health will always be in danger. This Act will guarantee progressive policies and standards in the work place that will protect our people whether it is in the health sector or place of work across the country.

The Opposition is therefore calling on the Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Shahine Robinson and the Cabinet of Jamaica to move with alacrity to bring this piece of legislation to Parliament now as any further delay will continue to present a clear and present danger in the work place.