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KINGSTON, MAY 12 (JCSA):
The Jamaica Civil Service Association (JCSA) has been made aware of the devastating news of the recent attack on workers at the Ministry of Labour and Social Security in St. Mary. The incident has left us in a state of shock and disbelief.
The JCSA condemns in the strongest possible terms this attack on the workers. These individuals who already have to contend with risking their lives as they interface with the most vulnerable in our society and who work tirelessly and often without the adequate equipment and protection gear they need, getting literally right in the faces of people who might be sick, must now learn to cope with the additional issue of attacks by robbers.
This occurrence is deeply disturbing, and saddening and we cannot begin to imagine the terror that the workers are now experiencing in the aftermath of this incident. It would be most disheartening if this incident would have caused these workers to be too afraid to even show up to work because they fear for their lives. Not to mention the fear that other frontline workers in the Ministry may now have because of what has happened to their colleagues.
Our deepest sympathies go out to the Workers that were involved in this incident. We believe that this should be a lesson for the future, and we hope that there isn’t a reoccurrence of the incident in St. Mary or in any other area where these workers have to operate.
We have once again been reminded of how values in our society have been broken down. Now is the time for stringent security measures to be put into place. We are therefore calling on the government to implement sustained security measures in ALL areas where our Frontline workers must carry out their duties. It is their duty to ensure that members of the public are cared for, but it is our responsibility to protect our frontline workers at all costs.