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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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HIV Awareness Speech Competition


Getting to ZERO: The HIV Fight Is Not Over!

All Private and Public Sector Employees Are Invited.


Speech Topic: Workplace policies addressing HIV and AIDS will improve the acceptance of people living with HIV at work.

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Published: Thursday, 19th December, 2013

Labour Department


With the Christmas season now in high gear, the Labour Department is reminding employers and employees of some of the rules related to working overtime.


Many shops will be open for extended hours during the festive period and while employees may be expected to work longer hours, persons are reminded that overtime is not compulsory.

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Published: Tuesday, 17th December, 2013

Safety And Health Reminders


The Occupational Safety and Health Section of the Labour Department is reminding employers and employees of some of the requirements of the Safety and Health at Work (SHaW) Act, which was passed in January this year.


Under the Accidents and Occupational Disease (Notification) Act, Cap 338, all employers are reminded that they must notify the Chief Labour Officer forthwith of every accident arising out of and during the course of employment which results in the injured being away from their normal duties for more than three days.

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Published: Thursday, 12th December, 2013

Byer Suckoo Says Prevention Better Than Cure


The current economic crisis should not be used as an excuse to neglect occupational safety and health issues in the workplace.


This is the view of Minister of Labour, Social Security and Human Resource Development, Senator Dr. Esther Byer Suckoo, who stressed that greater emphasis should be placed on reducing the risks of both physical and psychological workplace hazards.

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Published: Friday, 1st November, 2013

Guidelines for the Agricultural Sector


The Labour Department has released Guidelines for the Agricultural Sector. These guidelines can be used by agricultural enterprises who wish to develop a safety and health policy in compliance with the Safety and Health at Work Act, Cap 356. It is hoped that these guidelines will provide the impetus for the improvement of safety and health practices in this sector.

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Published: Tuesday, 29th October, 2013

HRD Strategy Can Be A Road To Recovery


If Barbados is to successfully navigate the challenges of the global crisis then Government’s Human Resource Development (HRD) Strategy must be regarded as a catalyst for economic recovery.

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Published: Tuesday, 22nd October, 2013

Barbados Working To Improve Reporting Mechanism


Barbados has encountered some challenges in its reporting processes to the International Labour Organisation (ILO). However, every effort is being made to rectify this problem as soon as possible.

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Published: Wednesday, 9th October, 2013

Labour Minister and US Official Hold Discussions


Government’s efforts at maintaining job levels during the current financial crisis were among the issues discussed recently when Labour Minister, Senator Dr. Esther Byer Suckoo, met with the new Chief of Political and Economic Affairs at the US Embassy, Nicholle Manz, at the Warrens Office Complex recently.

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Published: Monday, 7th October, 2013

New Unit on the Cards for TVETíS Training Fund


The Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Council is in the final stages of establishing a new unit which will oversee the Competence-based Training Fund (CBTF).

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Published: Wednesday, 2nd October, 2013

Labour Ministry to Ratify Domestic Workers Convention


Government has moved a step closer to ratifying the Convention on Decent Work for Domestic Workers, which was adopted by the International Labour Conference in 2011.

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Published: Thursday, 26th September, 2013

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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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