JAMAICA: KCT losing workers to Canada, USA

2015 February: The Kingston Container Terminal (KCT) reported that it had about 189 resignations over the last five years as its skilled employees emigrate to take up job opportunities, the majority going to Canada. However, a representative of the unionised workers in Jamaica contested the company’s figure saying 289 workers had left over the past five years. The KCT told local newspapers that there was high demand and ongoing recruiting exercises by Canada and the United States for the specialised skills acquired by KCT team members. Portside Caribbean established that most of this reported “exodus” took place prior to 2013 and had since declined. []