Caribbean labour training institutions to benefit from ILO training on globalization and international labour standards

The course targets labour training institutions in the region, including labour colleges as well as trade unions and employers' organizations offering structured training programmes. It aims to enhance the knowledge of participants on international labour standards, their relevance in the context of globalization and how they can be used by governments and social partners to respond to the social and labour challenges associated with globalization.

News | 26 September 2008
The International Labour Organization (ILO), Subregional Office for the Caribbean and the International Training Centre of the ILO, based in Turin, Italy, in collaboration with the Hugh Lawson Shearer Trade Union Education Institute, University of the West Indies (UWI) Open Campus, will be holding a training course entitled ‘International Labour Standards and Globalization: Tools for a Globalized World of Work’ from Monday 29 September to Thursday 2 October 2008 at the UWI Mona Campus in Kingston, Jamaica.

Dr. Vivienne Roberts, Deputy Principal of the UWI Open Campus; Professor Rex Nettleford, Vice Chancellor Emeritus of UWI; and Mrs. Mary Read, Deputy Director, ILO Subregional Office for the Caribbean, will address participants at the Opening Ceremony on Monday 29 September 2008.

The course targets labour training institutions in the region, including labour colleges as well as trade unions and employers' organizations offering structured training programmes. It aims to enhance the knowledge of participants on international labour standards, their relevance in the context of globalization and how they can be used by governments and social partners to respond to the social and labour challenges associated with globalization. Participants will gain valuable insights into how their own curricula may be revised to reflect some of the main features of globalization.

This course, which is usually offered by the International Training Centre only in Turin, Italy, is being organized in the Caribbean, in response to requests for enhanced knowledge and understanding of International Labour Standards (ILS). The course is in fact a direct result of the consultation which was held in July last year between selected training institutions of the Caribbean and the then Director of Training of the International Training Centre. A number of initiatives were discussed to strengthen the institutional capacity of Caribbean training institutions to make the goal of ‘decent work for all’ a reality in the Caribbean.

The course will benefit from a number of international and regional experts, such as Professor Rose-Marie Antoine of the UWI Cave Hill Campus; Dr. Leith Dunn, Head, UWI Mona Campus Unit, Centre for Gender and Development Studies; Dr. Steven MacAndrew, Specialist, Movement of Skills/Labour, CARICOM Single Market and Economy Unit; and Mr. Pierre-Francois Recoing, ILO Specialist on International Labour Standards and Labour Law, ILO Subregional Office for the Caribbean. These experts will be joined by experts from Geneva, Switzerland and Turin, Italy via video conference.

The effects of globalization on work have radically altered the institutional and socio-economic context in which countries operate. While globalization generates new opportunities for economic and social development, it also poses threats and creates uncertainties. It is against this background that the ILO's International Labour Conference adopted in June this year, the Declaration on Social Justice for a Fair Globalization designed to strengthen the ILO’s capacity to promote the Decent Work Agenda and forge an effective response to the challenges of globalization.

A consensus has emerged that international labour standards are valuable benchmarks for safeguarding the dignity and well-being of workers and their families. As such they can be used as tools for promoting decent work in workplaces that are being significantly reshaped by globalization.