Unions should ensure government takes good economic deals that benefit labour force

by July 17th, 2017

Prime Minster, Andrew Holness, says trade unions should focus on ensuring that the government signs-off on good economic deals that will benefit the Jamaican labour force.

According to Mr Holness, the country only has three percent of the gross domestic product, GDP available, to plough back into the economy for growth.

He states, that without local and foreign investments, the assets in Jamaica, cannot be adequately developed.


Mr. Holness says, the largest foreign direct investors in Jamaica are the Chinese, and although this is an area of concern for many Jamaicans the Chinese will not flood the job market and take work away from Jamaicans.


The prime minister explains that the government will be partnering with Heart Trust NTA, to ensure that Jamaican workers are trained and certified in new work areas.

He says, this is to provide Jamaican workers with jobs, when foreign investors are doing business in Jamaica.


Prime Minister Andrew Holness was speaking at the Bustamante Industrial Trade Union Triennal General Assembly in Kingston at the weekend.