History of the Jamaica Productivity Centre

In 1999, representatives of the Government of Jamaica (GOJ), the Jamaica Confederation of Trade Unions (JCTU) and the Jamaica Employers’ Federation (JEF), met with the Director General of the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Geneva, Switzerland and sought their assistance in establishing a National Productivity Organization (NPO) in Jamaica. As a follow-up activity, in 2000 the tripartite group (GOJ, JCTU and the JEF) invited the ILO to conduct a stakeholders’ consultative workshop on productivity. The consensus emerging from this workshop was that a national productivity movement was urgently needed in Jamaica, and that it must be institutionalized for better management and greater effectiveness.

This consensus led to further consultations that were facilitated by the ILO, resulting in the inauguration of the National Productivity Centre Steering Committee (NPCSC) in 2001. The NPCSC was given the mandate to coordinate activities leading to the establishment of an NPO. This mandate was satisfied when the Jamaica Productivity Centre was formally inaugurated in April 2003 followed by its press launch in March 2004.

As a tripartite organization, the Jamaica Productivity Centre operates at a number of levels. It interfaces with employers through the Jamaica Employers’ Federation, unionized workers through the JCTU, and the government of Jamaica.