Tripartite cooperation on national and economic issues to be explored at Government of Barbados-ILO Caribbean symposium

The Government and the social partners of Barbados and the International Labour Organization (ILO) will host a Tripartite Caribbean Symposium on ‘Tripartism and Social Dialogue: Comparative experiences in dealing with economic and social development issues’

News | 12 May 2011
PORT OF SPAIN (ILO News) - The Government and the social partners of Barbados and the International Labour Organization (ILO) will host a Tripartite Caribbean Symposium on ‘Tripartism and Social Dialogue: Comparative experiences in dealing with economic and social development issues’ on 17-18 May 2011 at the Hilton Barbados Hotel, Barbados.

Dr. the Honourable Esther Byer-Suckoo, Minister of Labour, Barbados, will deliver the feature address at the Opening Ceremony on 17 May 2011. Other speakers will include Mr. Martin Cox, Permanent Secretary; Ms. Elizabeth Tinoco-Acevedo, Regional Director, ILO Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean; Mr. Marcel Meyer, President, Caribbean Employers’ Confederation; Senator David Massiah, President, Caribbean Congress of Labour; and Sir Roy Trotman, Vice-Chairperson, ILO Governing Body.

The Symposium will provide an opportunity for government, employer and trade union representatives of 21 Caribbean countries and non-metropolitan territories to discuss the role, dimensions and best practices of social dialogue and social partnerships. Participants will examine the potential that social dialogue offers for advancing national economic and social development, regional integration, workplace productivity and the benefits of external trade agreements.

Social dialogue, the means by which governments and employers and workers’ organizations can build consensus on policy issues of common interest, through negotiation, consultation and exchange of information, has been effectively used globally and in the Caribbean as an avenue for overcoming the recent global economic crisis.

Participants will learn of regional and international experiences of successful social dialogue and social partnerships. The cases to be presented include the Barbados Social Partnership which has been in practice since 1993 and which took on greater significance in response to the recent global economic crisis as well as the experiences of Singapore and Mauritius which have a history of sustained and effective social partnerships.