ILO workshop to reveal status report on labour legislation in the region

The findings of an ILO report on the status of compliance of national labour legislation with CARICOM Model Labour Laws in the Caribbean region will be revealed at an ILO Caribbean Tripartite Workshop on Labour Legislation

News | 13 May 2008
PORT OF SPAIN (ILO News) - The findings of an ILO report on the status of compliance of national labour legislation with CARICOM Model Labour Laws in the Caribbean region will be revealed at an ILO Caribbean Tripartite Workshop on Labour Legislation from 15-16 May 2008 in Trinidad and Tobago. The workshop will be hosted by the ILO Sub-regional Office for the Caribbean in collaboration with the Ministry of Labour and Small and Micro Enterprise Development, at the Grafton Beach Resort in Tobago.

Mr. Ashford Sankar, Deputy Permanent Secretary, Minister of Labour and Small and Micro Enterprise Development is expected to deliver the feature address at the Opening Ceremony on 15 May 2008. Also addressing participants will be Mr. Réal Gagnon, Senior Policy Analyst, Office for Inter-American Labour Cooperation, Labour Program, Human Resources and Social Development, Canada and Mrs. Mary Read, Deputy Director, ILO Sub-regional Office for the Caribbean.

The workshop represents the culmination of the ILO project on the Harmonization of Labour Legislation in the ILO's 13 member States of the English- and Dutch-speaking Caribbean, funded by the Labor Program of the Canadian Government. It will bring together representatives of Ministries of Labour and employers' and workers' organizations of the 13 ILO member States .

The project conducted an analysis of the extent to which existing national labour legislation was in compliance with ILO Conventions and the four CARICOM Model Labour Laws which were adopted in 1995 and 1997. CARICOM Model Labour Laws were developed with the ILO's assistance and adopted in four areas: termination of employment; registration, status and recognition of trade unions and employers' organizations; equality of opportunity and non-discrimination in employment; and occupational safety and health.

Following calls made at the level of CARICOM for harmonized labour legislation as part of the regional integration process, the workshop will also present recent advances on national legislative reform processes, the challenges faced, highlight good practices and discuss the way forward.

Last year, capacity-building workshops were held for ministry representatives responsible for drafting and revising labour laws as well as representatives of employers' and workers' organizations taking part in labour advisory boards.

The ILO's work on labour legislation and its support of capacity-building efforts are in keeping with the commitments made in the Tripartite Declaration and Plan of Action for Realizing the Decent Work Agenda in the Caribbean adopted by high level representatives of governments and employers' and workers' organizations at the ILO Tripartite Caribbean Employment Forum on 12 October 2006.