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Jamaica (Labour Recruitment, Panama)

Volume 380: debated on Wednesday 17 June 1942

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asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he can state the conditions under which workers are recruited in Jamaica for labour in the area of the Panama Canal; and whether this recruitment is in any way supervised by the labour department in Jamaica?

The recruitment in Jamaica of workers for employment in the Panama Canal Zone is carried out in accordance with the terms of the International Labour Conventions relating to the recruitment of workers and the regulation of written contracts. The Answer to the last part of the Question is in the affirmative.

Was inspection of the conditions of labour in the area in consultation with the Government of Jamaica and the United States included?