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Jamaica seeks to recruit up to 90,000 workers for global cruise ship industry

Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett said the Jamaican government intends to tap into the local workforce to identify, recruit and deploy at least 10,000 of the 90,000 workers required in the global cruise industry. , while unscrupulous people charged potential workers up to 200,000 Jamaican dollars (one Jamaican dollar = 0.008 euro cents) to secure jobs on their behalf.

Minister. Bartlett, says the demand stems from a shortage of workers caused by the disruption of tourism operations by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic around the world, which has led to a reduction in the number of people employed in the sector.

He said, however, that the department and stakeholder partners will be diligent in ensuring that the process of identifying and recruiting potential employees “does not disrupt our [local] hospitality sector, which is so essential.

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Bartlett said the focus will be on areas “where we don’t have hotel strength,” among other related offerings, and which would have suitable people readily available to fill available positions.

Bartlett, addressing a ceremony for the presentation of Disaster risk management tools to tourism and related industry stakeholders last weekend said that the demand for employees in the tourism industry is consistent with that of various national and global sectors and is part of the parties’ response stakeholders in the overall post-COVID-19 recovery efforts.

He therefore said that a level of portability must be created and facilitated among local workers that will enable them to seize employment opportunities as they arise, noting that “it is a mobility that we need to encourage, but (that ) we also have to manage”.

Bartlett said it is also imperative that the welfare of workers is safeguarded to ensure they are not exploited.

His comment came in the context of what he said were emerging reports suggesting people posing as recruitment agents operating in the tourism industry and charging potential workers up to J$200,000 for get jobs on their behalf.

He urged people looking for jobs in the industry to refrain from making payments to “intermediaries” whom he implored to refrain from charging fees.

“Stop it! No one should pay an agent or middleman for recruitment opportunities to work in the tourism sector,” Bartlett said, warning “if we find him [happening]we will treat [the perpetrators] like crooks, and the law will take its course, I’m sure.

“We [must] seek to eliminate this state of mind ([of persons who would want) to make profit from the [misfortunes] from others,” Bartlett added.

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