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Schools Essay Competition
  1. Students of all schools in Barbados are invited to participate in the Labour Department’s 75th Anniversary Schools’ Essay Competition.


  1. The Essay competition will be conducted in three age categories:

a)      Children Division:     Children aged 8 to 11 (contestants must not have reached his/her 12th birthday by 31st August, 2015)

b)     Junior Division:         Children aged 12 to 14 (contestants must not have reached his/her 15th birthday by 31st August, 2015)

c)      Senior Division:         Children aged 15 to 18 (contestants must not have reached his/her 19th birthday by 31st August, 2015)

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Published: Thursday, 24th September, 2015

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Labour Department HIV Debating Competition 2012-2013


The Labour Department recently held its 5th annual HIV awareness drive, in the form of a debating competition, under the theme ‘Getting to Zero: Zero Stigma, Zero Discrimination’.

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Published: Tuesday, 28th May, 2013

Survey Reveals State Of Regional HR


The facts about human resources (HR) in the Caribbean was the issue of note this morning, with the Presentation of Survey Results for An Inquiry into the State of the Human Resources Profession in the Caribbean at the Cave Hill School of Business, University of the West Indies.

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Published: Tuesday, 21st May, 2013

Labour Ministry Benefits From Sponsorship For Competition


Sponsors of the Ministry of Labour’s NACOSH (National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health) Poster Competition gathered at the Warrens Office Complex yesterday to make official presentations of their contributions yesterday afternoon.

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Published: Friday, 17th May, 2013

Occupational Diseases - Prevention Better Than Cure


“Employers have the responsibility to reduce any risk factors in the workplace that may give rise to ill effects.”


This sentiment was shared by Minister of Labour, Senator Dr. Esther Byer Suckoo as she addressed the REA Envirohealth International’s Environmental Medicine as a Tool for the Prevention of Occupational Diseases seminar this morning at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre.

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Published: Friday, 26th April, 2013

The Employment Rights Act: A New Era For Barbados


Must be punctual. Must work well with others.  Should be able to complete duties in a timely manner - these are familiar phrases, often seen listed as conditions for employment.  But shouldn’t there also be requirements which stipulate what is acceptable work for employees? The Ministry of Labour has answered ‘yes’ to that question in the form of this island’s first Employment Rights Act, which is set to be proclaimed on Monday, April 15.

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Published: Thursday, 4th April, 2013

Secure Your Workplace Occupational Safety and Health Policy Prepare for Legislation on Health and Safety


Successful workplace OSH policies of both the public and private sectors were shared by representatives of Purity Bakeries from the Goddards Enterprises Limited Group; the Ladymeade Reference Unit and Scotia Bank at our recent Zero in on Safety: Secure your Workplace Policies Seminar.

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Published: Monday, 17th December, 2012

Zero in on Safety- Count down to the proclamation of the SHaW Act on or before January 1, 2013


Notices and Registers


All workplaces are required to keep a General Register containing:

  • Copies of accident reports sent to the Chief Labour Officer
  • Certificates of Fire Escape
  • Certificates concerning any examinations of air receivers, boilers, hoists or lifts
  • Any reports regarding safety and health conditions in the work place.
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Published: Wednesday, 28th November, 2012

Zero in on Safety- Count down to the proclamation of the SHaW Act on or before January 1, 2013


Occupational Noise

Exposure to excessive noise levels can over time cause hearing loss. Initially the hearing loss is reversible, referred to as temporary threshold shift (TTS). Continued exposure to excessive noise levels can result in permanent hearing loss known as permanent threshold shift (PTS).Scientific evidence indicates that prolonged exposure to noise levels above 85 dBA will cause hearing loss.

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Published: Monday, 26th November, 2012

Zero in on Safety- Count down to the proclamation of the SHaW Act on or before January 1, 2013


Safety Organisation and Management Tips

  • Each organisation with more than 25 employees MUST have a Health and Safety Committee with an equal number of employers’ and employees’ representatives.
  • Any workplace with less than 25 employees MUST have one or more Safety Delegates.
  • The Health and Safety Committee MUST meet at least once each quarter and accurate minutes MUST be made available to staff and for inspection by the Labour Department.
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Published: Friday, 16th November, 2012

NEB Finally has a Home


After occupying the NIS Building on Fairchild Street for years, and “squatting” in the Labour Department in recent months, the National Employment Bureau (NEB) finally has a space to call home.

The new NEB headquarters is located on the 1st Floor, East Wing, of the Warrens Office Complex, Warrens, St. Michael.

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Published: Friday, 2nd November, 2012

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Latest Snapshot of the Barbados Labour Market









Adult Population (000’s) 106.3 116.4 222.7
Labour Force (000’s) 72.0 70.3 142.3
Employed Labour Force (000’s) 63.5 61.3 124.8
Labour Force Participation Rate (%) 67.7 60.4 63.9
General Unemployment Rate (%) 11.8 12.8 12.3
Youth Unemployment Rate (%) 28.9 39.2 33.7




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