Tourism industry employers encouraged to participate in workers’ pension scheme

Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett is encouraging employers in the hospitality industry to participate in the proposed workers’ pension scheme, which is slated to come into effect next year. 

“Cooperate with us, and work with the workers. We are incentivising employers to ensure that they contribute their three per cent now, and later on, five per cent,” Bartlett said, while reiterating that the scheme will cover all workers, aged 18-59, upon retiring.

“Cooperate with us, and work with the workers.”

— Bartlett

He was speaking at the third graduation ceremony for Jamaica Centre of Tourism Innovation (JCTI) trainees, which was held recently at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St James.

The tourism workers’ pension scheme, which is the first of its kind, is a contributory arrangement that will embrace some 350,000 full-time, part-time, self-employed and contract workers across the sector. They include red cap porters, front desk managers, craft traders, and housekeepers.

Meanwhile, Bartlett hailed tourism workers as “the real heroes of the sector”, noting that “without our dedicated workers, the sector would not enjoy [the] unprecedented growth and success [now being experienced]”.

Against this background, he said building the workers’ capacity will further benefit the industry and bolster their marketability.