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Jamaica – Labour minister warns jobseekers over staffing companies

07 January 2013

Jamaica’s minister of labour and social security has warned jobseekers looking to work abroad by using staffing firms to first contact the labour ministry in order to verify the legitimacy of these private employment agencies.

The minister, Derrick Kellier, said: “Members of the public are being strongly reminded to verify the authenticity or legitimacy of employment agencies, prior to making any commitments or sending payments through any remittance services,” he said last week.

This comes after a number of Jamaicans have left their country in the past week to work abroad under the Overseas Employment Programme. Although the minister said that staffing companies are issued with licenses, there have been complaints from workers last year.

“We want to run a very clean and strict programme. When persons pass on their funds to employment agencies, we want to make sure that no one is fleeced and when you turn up there is no employer, or no one to meet you at the airport,” Mr Kellier said.

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