[World History Archives]

The contemporary political history of Jamaica

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   The history in general of Jamaica

Unrest in Jamaica Continues
Reuters, 22 April 1999. Protesters exchanged gunfire with security forces and barricaded streets with wrecked cars and burning tires in unrest over fuel tax increases.
The Troubles of the Jamaica Labour Party
By Dionne Jackson Miller, IPS, 26 November 1999. The Opposition Jamaica Labour Party faces continuing leadership tussles which could affect the party's ability to position itself as a viable alternative to the ruling Peoples National Party.
Civil servants call for halt to Modernisation Project
The Jamaica Gleaner, 30 March 2000. Civil servants call on their union, the Jamaica Civil Service Association (JCSA) to call for a halt to the implementation of the Public Sector Modernisation Project (PSMP), to privatize 17 government departments, until the program is reviewed.
PM, unions to meet. Lay-off of civil servants on agenda for discussion
The Jamaica Gleaner, 29 May 2000. The PM agrees to meet representatives of at least 11 major trade unions to discuss issues affecting the labour sector, including the continuing lay-off of hundreds of civil servants.
Labour ministry continues to help non-unionised workers
The Jamaica Observer, 7 July 2000. Ministry of Labour and Social Security last year processed 1,131 complaints, conducted 291 investigations and carried out 216 inspections on behalf of non-unionised workers.
Flexible work week plan on fast track
The Jamaica Gleaner, 18 July 2000. Three ministers are expected to attend an urgent meeting of the Labour Advisory Committee (LAC), when it discusses the issue of the proposed flexible work week and the setting up of a National Tripartite Productivity Centre.
Statements by Minister of National Security could encourage the unjustified use of lethal force
International Secretariat of Amnesty International, 19 January 2001. The Jamaican Constabulary Force (JCF) should only employ force as a last resort to ensure the safety of themselves and the public in line with international standards.