PM says sexual harassment bill for Parliament soon

Prime Minister Andrew Holness says the Sexual Harassment Bill, which seeks to protect women from violence, harassment and discriminatory practices in the workplace, is to be tabled in Parliament soon.

This, he said, is among measures being instituted by the Government to safeguard the nation’s workers, particularly the most vulnerable.

The prime minister was addressing the high-level meeting of the 108th Session of the International Labour Organization (ILO) Conference on Wednesday in Geneva, Switzerland.

“We are working to address issues of gender discrimination and social protection for all workers, including domestic workers,” he told the forum.

Holness also reported that the Government has ratified the convention concerning Decent Work for Domestic Workers, which seeks to set employment standards and secure rights for domestic workers.

“The Government is paying keen attention to the quality of jobs and the conditions of work,” he said.

In addition, the Occupational Safety and Health Bill was tabled and is now being examined by a Joint Select Committee of Parliament.