My Thoughts on Technology and Jamaica: Flexi-work Bill sent to Senate without opposition – JLP singing praises as historic occasion as Telecommuting Workplace now Possible

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Flexi-work Bill sent to Senate without opposition – JLP singing praises as historic occasion as Telecommuting Workplace now Possible

The House of Representatives was the site of another historic Bill being passed onto the next stage of becoming law.

I am of course referring to the Flexi-Work Bill that paves the way for the introduction of the Flexi-work week as stated in the article Way paved for flexiwork, Published Wednesday September 24, 2014 by Gary Spaulding, Senior Gleaner Writer, The Jamaica Gleaner.

Announce earlier in March 2014 by Minister of Labour David Kellier, it faced some opposition from Church Groups, who protested its implementation, fearing that they’d lose out on their tithes as concluded in my blog article entitled “Minister Derrick Kellier announces Historic Flexible Work Week Bill to be Tabled in Jamaican Parliament - Churches upset Government coming after their Tithes Cash-Cow”.

This folks is almost 20 years of legislature in the making that has the potential to change how we work as Jamaicans as chronicled in my Geezam blog article entitled “Jamaica’s 100MBps Internet Silver Lining – Tele-commuting Workplace is coming”.

It will open up pockets of employment that didn’t exist before such as telecommuting. Call center already work on a flexi-work week arrangement, where the weekend is basically any day that workforce chooses or that you as a Customer Service Agent can wrangle based on swapping hours with your fellow workers!

Only with this Flexi-work Bill, which is on its way to the Senate for further debate unopposed, it’ll mean all work places will have the option to introduce flexi-work format to how they hire labour.

The Church’s opposition since June 2013 to this modern ground-breaking piece of legislation introduced by Minister of Labour David Kellier as noted in my blog article entitled “How to find work in Jamaica at Call Centers - Church opposed to Modernizing Jamaica via Flexi-Work and 4G LTE to introduce Tele-commuting is really Much Ado About Nothing” was clearly absent.

Apparently it was clear to them that the Flexi-work Bill did not impede the Right to worship under Charter of Fundamental Rights in Section three of the Constitution relating to the Rights of the Jamaican Citizen.

Flexi-work Bill sent to Senate without Opposition – JLP singing praises as to this historic occasion

The JLP (Jamaica Labour Party) Opposition Spokesman on Labour Pearnel Charles, Senator Delroy Chuck, and Arnaldo Brown and Sharon Ffolkes-Abrahams apparently couldn’t contain themselves, commenting rather vigorously for most of the proceedings.

Senator Delroy Chuck called for its immediate implementation in the Civil Service, particularly:
Judges and Barristers of the Courts

1.      Police
2.      Nurses
3.      Doctors

By the GOJ (Government of Jamaica) setting a good example, it would result in the Private Sector being keen to follow suit until the bill was finally passé into law in the Upper house or Senate. After all, a Flexi-Work week would benefit them, resulting in fewer persons having to travel ad many employees would opt to work from home.

Especially as the coming of 4G LTE (Long Term Evolution) from the Telecom Providers with VoLTE meant that you could stay at home and video-conference meetings in real time as alluded in my blog article entitled “Digicel and LIME going VoLTE  - Why GSM extinct and Spectrum reused for M2M Services in HD Audio and Video Caribbean VoLTE-Age”.

Folks, a new Dawn in Jamaica’s Labour Market has occurred. Work anyplace in Jamaica will basically become like working in a Call Center, with flexibility that will still preserve the Day of Worship as has always existed.

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