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Labour Recruitment, Panama

Volume 380: debated on Wednesday 17 June 1942

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asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies under what conditions workers from the West Indian Colonies are recruited for work in the Panama Canal zone; and whether there is any control of the conditions of recruitment by the labour officers in the respective West Indian Colonies?

So far as is known, no workers other than Jamaican have been recruited for employment in the Panama Canal zone. Recruiting in Jamaica 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. Recruitment is supervised by the Jamaica Labour Department.