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News - Reshaping the Ministry of Labour
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Labour News.

Reshaping the Ministry of Labour

By Erika Watson, Ministry of Labour

Embracing the adage that "A good plan is like a road map: it shows the final destination and usually the best way to get there", the Ministry of Labour thought it was an excellent time to reevaluate its strategic direction to meet new challenges affecting the Barbados labour market. From May, 2008, the Ministry has been engaged in a strategic planning process which was initiated by a Senior Managers Retreat that was held from May 9-10, 2008 at the Amaryllis Beach Resort. While the atmosphere was more relaxed than in the office, the senior managers were all business as they reshaped the Ministry's vision and mission and redefined the strategic objectives of the Ministry of Labour, taking into account existing institutional strengths and limitations and the opportunities and threats that exist for the Ministry.

Guided by the international standards set by the International Labour Organization and the National Strategic Plan of Barbados 2006-2025, the Ministry focused on the role it will play in the labour environment characterized by, inter alia:

  • The free movement of labour within the CARICOM Single Market and Economy
  • New and dynamic technologies which can reduce some employment opportunities and change the skills demanded in the labour market.
  • The increased vulnerability of the labour market as the economy becomes more open to international trade and investment.

Decent work for all was a major focus of discussions and strategies to promote employment, social protection, the fundamental principles and rights at work and social dialogue were developed. There was also a major focus on preparing the nation’s human resources to enhance the country’s level of international competitiveness and to drive its economic growth and development.

The entire strategic planning process was facilitated by consultants, Dr. Hensley Sobers and Mrs. Janis Clarke-Marville. The Ministry of Labour would like to thank them for their guidance and assistance.

Published: Wednesday, 21st May, 2008


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