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Workers Rights are Human Rights

Since its inception in 1940, The Jamaica Association of Local Government Officers has worked tirelessly to ensure that the rights of workers are protected for the betterment of our society. We represent workers in a variety of sectors including local government, health and education in Jamaica. Our members include front line workers who play critical roles in the delivery of quality public services. We will continue to champion trade union rights as we recognize with the changing times, these rights are needed more than ever.  Click here for more information

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March 8, 2024UncategorizedAs we celebrate International Women’s Day in the year 2024, this year’s theme, “Invest in Women and Accelerate Progress,” resonates profoundly with the values we hold dear within JALGO. It is a call to action, a reminder of the untapped potential that lies within our workforce, and an opportunity to propel our collective growth by investing in the empowerment of women. Investing in women is not just a moral imperative; it is a strategic decision that leads to tangible benefits not just for our union but the society at large. When we empower women, we empower families, communities, and the entire workforce. Studies consistently show that companies and organizations with diverse leadership teams perform better, innovate more, and achieve higher levels of success. It is not just about equality; it is about maximizing our potential and that is a key goal of the union. Hence, let us reflect on the steps we can take to invest in women within our organisations. This investment goes beyond monetary considerations; it involves creating an inclusive and supportive environment where women can thrive. It means providing equal opportunities for training, professional development, and career advancement. It means breaking down the stereotypes and biases that may hinder women’s progress. Therefore, let us engage in conversations that challenge out-dated norms and promote inclusivity. Mentor and support your female colleagues, helping them navigate the intricacies of the workplace. Together, we can create a culture that celebrates diversity and equality, fostering an environment where everyone can thrive. So, as we celebrate this International Women’s Day, be a catalyst for transformative change within our union. By investing in women, we not only uphold the principles of equality but also pave the way for accelerated growth and success. The strength of our union lies in the collective talents and contributions of every member, regardless of gender. Let us stand united in our commitment to a future where every woman within our organisations has the opportunity to reach her full potential. Happy International Women’s Day Caron Bernal-Rose Chairperson, Women’s Organisation JALGO [...] Read more...
October 30, 2023UncategorizedShamir Brown, first vice president of the Jamaica Association of Local Government Officers (JALGO), has been elected to the executive of the Jamaica Confederation of Trade Unions (JCTU) in the capacity of a vice president. Brown was elected at the congress event of the CONFED, where he is now set to represent the membership of JALGO and by extension, the workers in Jamaica, for the next three years. Brown said he looks forward to his new role and responsibilities. “This is something that I have looked forward to since I became a trade unionist and I hope that the experience garnered will further build my efforts in seeking to secure the rights of workers in Jamaica” he stated. Further to that, JALGO used the opportunity to congratulate Shamir on being elected to the post and called on him to ensure that he brings the same level of representation that has been demonstrated in his efforts within the union. “We wish him well during his tenure and we know he will continue in the footsteps of our own General Secretary, Helene Davis Whyte, who served as president of the CONFED but has since demitted office during the Congress”. [...] Read more...
October 13, 2023NewsThe Jamaica Association of Local Government Officers (JALGO) shows it’s commitment by standing with healthcare workers who have felt betrayed coming out of the pandemic. These are workers who braved, especially the issues that came with the novel coronavirus pandemic (COVID 19), by putting their lives on the line. Given the fact that JALGO represents workers in the sector, it is even more heartrending to know that these workers who have done so much during such a critical time only to find themselves still underrated and underpaid. Despite this, JALGO seeks to reaffirm it’s commitment to those workers that work to make societies happen by calling on the revevant authorities to pin place meaningful remuneration, better worekring conditions and those other requirements that will make their sacrifices worthwhile. Recently, JALGO’s president, Winnifred Meeks, and its Treasurer, Melode Barnes, were our union’s representatives to the 31st World Congress of Public Services International (PSI). The Congress ran from October 14 to 18 in Geneva, Switzerland, and brought together representatives from public services unions all over the world. They stood together, on behalf of JALGO, with our fellow workers from across the world in calling for greater public investment from Government into healthcare. [...] Read more...

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