Bartlett emphasises significance of tourism pension scheme

Latest News

Bartlett emphasises significance of tourism pension scheme

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Print this page Email A Friend!

KINGSTON, Jamaica —Minister of Tourism, Edmund Bartlett, says the pension scheme for tourism workers is a commitment by the Government to make sure there is social security and protection for workers in the sector.

The pension scheme, which is expected to come into effect early next year, is a defined contributory plan supported by legislation, and will require mandatory contribution by workers and employers.

The scheme will cover all workers from 18 to 65 years in the tourism sector, whether permanent, contract or self-employed. Benefits will be payable at age 65 years or older.

The move is to ensure that we create that social security arrangement so that on retirement, the tourism worker from whatever category can be assured of a minimum pension,” the minister said.

Bartlett pointed out that the scheme will embrace everyone in the sector, such as the red cap porters, craft traders and workers in accommodations, attractions, tour operation/transportation and watersports.

“We see too many workers who have toiled for years, some forty years, some fifty years, and after they have left, they are in penury situations, so this move is to ensure that there is a social security net within the sector,” he said.

An important feature of the scheme, he added, is that a worker can become a member at age 59 and still be entitled to a pension similar to people who would have been there from the initial stage.

“This feature is possible because the Government decided to put $1 billion from the Tourism Enhancement Fund into the scheme to seed the fund and create a base, so that those who have been contributors for only five years can still get a pension that is equal to a minimum of $200,000 a year,” Bartlett explained.

Now you can read the Jamaica Observer ePaper anytime, anywhere. The Jamaica Observer ePaper is available to you at home or at work, and is the same edition as the printed copy available at




1. We welcome reader comments on the top stories of the day. Some comments may be republished on the website or in the newspaper � email addresses will not be published.

2. Please understand that comments are moderated and it is not always possible to publish all that have been submitted. We will, however, try to publish comments that are representative of all received.

3. We ask that comments are civil and free of libellous or hateful material. Also please stick to the topic under discussion.

4. Please do not write in block capitals since this makes your comment hard to read.

5. Please don't use the comments to advertise. However, our advertising department can be more than accommodating if emailed:

6. If readers wish to report offensive comments, suggest a correction or share a story then please email:

7. Lastly, read our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy

comments powered by Disqus



Today's Cartoon

Click image to view full size editorial cartoon