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Labour Relation Seminars


The Labour Department, in its continuing effort to promote a greater degree of labour-management cooperation, will be hosting three seminars to discuss ‘Labour Legislation and Industrial Relations Best Practice’. 

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Published: Monday, 30th January, 2017

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Draft Summary of the Safety and Health at Work Act, Cap 356


The Labour Department has published a draft Summary of the Safety and Health at Work Act, Cap 356. It is hoped that this  guide will  help employers and employees better understand the objectives of the Safety and Health at Work (SHAW) Act and their corresponding responsibilities. The guide is intended for the use of all who have an interest in safety, health and welfare. It seeks to assist in the day-to-day application of the Act by providing a simplified version of its provisions.


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Published: Tuesday, 15th December, 2015

Seminar - Labour Legislation and Industrial Relations Best Practice


The Labour Department, continues to promote labour management cooperation with its Seminar Series entitled “Labour Legislation and Industrial Relations Best Practice” by hosting two (2) half-day Seminars.


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Published: Wednesday, 9th September, 2015

Return To Queen


In the early 20th century Queen’s Park, Bridgetown was the site of many formative events in the evolution of social justice in Barbados.  The West Indian Royal Commission (Moyne Commission) held meetings in January 1939 in Queen’s Park to ascertain the cause of the 1937 “Labour Rebellion”.  The historic value of Queen’s Park as a venue for the labour movement and social justice was gracefully expressed by the Right Excellent Errol Barrow when he stated that one of his most profound formative political experiences was listening to Marcus Garvey address the people of Barbados in the Queen’s Park Steel Shed in October 1937.

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Published: Monday, 17th August, 2015

Minister Byer Tours Aquafarm


After four days of interactive training in fish farming and aquaponics at Adam’s Aquafarm, 20 young people between the ages of 18 and 34 are now fully equipped to work within this developing field.

This is just one segment of the Ministry of Agriculture and Ministry of Labour’s Agri-preneurship Incubator Programme which falls under the latter’s Human Resource Development Scheme.

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Published: Tuesday, 21st July, 2015

Agricultural Sector Needs More Young People


A Government official believes it is “imperative” to encourage young people to work in the agricultural sector.

This is the view of Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Food, Fisheries and Water Resource Management, Esworth Reid, who was speaking during the launch of the Ministry’s Youth Agri-preneurship Incubator programme, today at Almond Bay, in Hastings, Christ Church.


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Published: Monday, 8th June, 2015

STEM Programmes A Necessity In Barbados


Building economic power around Scientific, Technical, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) employment and education programmes is one way for Barbados to advance economically and socially.

This was the focus of a four-day consultancy hosted recently by the Ministry of Labour, Social Security and Human Resource Development as part of its Human Resource Development Strategy.

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Published: Thursday, 4th June, 2015

OSH Week 2015: July 5 - 10, 2015
Promoting Justice in Employment - Building a Culture of Safety


The Labour Department in association with the National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health will be hosting Occupational Safety and Health Week 2015 from July 5 -10, 2015. During the week there will be a series of free seminars at the Accra Beach Hotel and Spa Hastings, Christ Church under the theme “Promoting Justice in Employment: Building a Culture of Safety. Persons interested in attending the seminars must pre-register with the Labour Department by June 19, 2015. Registration can be done by telephone at 310-1523/24; fax 424-2589; or

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Published: Wednesday, 3rd June, 2015

Prominent Personages Involved with Series of Symposia on National Heroes of Labour


The Labour Department as part of its 75th Anniversary activity is hosting a series of three symposia in collaboration with the Barbados Workers’ Union in celebration of the life and work of six (6) of Barbados’ National Heroes recognized as National Heroes of Labour.

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Published: Wednesday, 15th April, 2015

BCC Students Learn About Hydroponics In NJ


In a country the size of Barbados, where the scarcity of land remains a topical issue, it is no surprise that the agricultural technique of hydroponics has been growing in popularity. 

Simply put, hydroponics is the art of growing plants without soil by using various techniques. 

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Published: Wednesday, 11th March, 2015

Students Ready For The World Of Work


Over 200 students are now better equipped to enter the workforce, thanks to the World of Work (WoW) Internship Programme. 

Sponsored by the Ministry of Labour under its Human Resource Development Strategy, the programme targets students from secondary schools, the University of the West Indies, and the Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic, as well as persons with special needs.

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Published: Tuesday, 10th March, 2015

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Latest Snapshot of the Barbados Labour Market









Adult Population (000’s) 106.1 116.1 222.2
Labour Force (000’s) 72.9 71.6 144.6
Employed Labour Force (000’s) 63.9 64.3 128.2
Labour Force Participation Rate (%) 68.7 61.7 65.1
General Unemployment Rate (%) 12.3 10.3 11.3
Youth Unemployment Rate (%) 31.6 32.7 32.1




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