The Association celebrates its 97th Anniversary under the theme: “Persistent and Consistent, Advocating for the Worker”.
The year was no doubt filled with challenges and anxious moments, but notwithstanding the difficulties, the Association acted on its mandate, through its Mission Statement, “The Jamaica Civil Service Association, seeks to uphold the highest qualities if professional service to the nation, through the guarantee of a highly trained workforce of competent and com- mitted persons whose legitimate interests are safeguarded and affirmed through membership in the organization”
Worker Advocacy is an important element of Labour Relations. The role that trade unions play in promoting decent work and protecting the funda- mental rights and freedom for all, shows that trade unions are not only con- cerned about collective bargaining; but more so, social justice. It is my firm belief that Decent Work, leads to a Decent Life.
The changing patterns in the work place as a result of international policies called for a global agenda that would protect the rights of workers and so the promotion of the Decent Work for All Agenda, came at the heel of the international development agenda as an important element in shaping fair globalization. This of course from the face of it included the tripartite prac- tice.
The Association will again be resolute in its stance and call on all stakehold- ers to advance the Decent Work Agenda effectively and help to guide na- tional policies in furtherance of our developmental goals.
The Trade Unions on the other hand remain committed, as we continue to advocate for improved working conditions, the implementation of legislation on Occupational Safety and Health, Workplace Policies that are in keeping with the Public Service Regulations and other accepted International Standards on Labour practices, decent pay, equal pay for work of equal value, gender parity and Respect for Workers Rights as Human Rights.
The trade union movement has over the years advocated for maternity pro- tection, hours of work, improved working condition, right to collective bar- gaining and freedom of association, leave with pay, just to name a few.
The Jamaica Civil Service Association remains committed to its members and all stakeholders, and will continue to be “Persistent and Consistent, Advocating for the Worker”
Mrs. Tifonie Powell-Williams