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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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HR Profession Strengthened With Signing Of MOU


The contribution of human resources development to national growth was formally recognised today, when the Ministry of Labour, the University of the West Indies Cave Hill Campus and the Human Resource Management Association of Barbados (HRMAB), signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU). This signals the strengthening of the human resources profession in the island.

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Published: Monday, 29th July, 2013

Substance Abuse, Sexual Health, Concerns For Workplace


Matters that many may consider personal - such as sexual conduct and use, or abuse, of drugs – do, in fact concern and affect the workplace.


This was the overarching theme delivered by Industrial Relations Officer with the Barbados Employers Confederation, Sean Daniel, yesterday, as he addressed participants at the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Week seminar series, held at Accra Beach Hotel.

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Published: Tuesday, 2nd July, 2013

Investing In OSH Contributes To Profits, Productivity


The question should not be if one could afford to invest in occupational health and safety (OSH); instead, it should be ‘how could you afford not to’?


This was the sentiment shared by the speakers at this morning’s launch of OSH Week 2013 – Zero in on Safety, as all parties agreed that OSH offered multiple, tangible benefits to employees and employers alike.

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Published: Monday, 1st July, 2013

Stakeholders Zero In On Safety For OSH Week


Safety and health is everyone's business

This was the mantra echoed by representatives of the Labour tripartite at the launch of Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Week this morning.


Held at the Accra Beach Hotel, the opening ceremony signaled the official start of the week's activities which will be hosted under the theme Zero In On Safety. A seminar series which began today, will address a range of OSH topics, including Food and Mental Health, Promoting safety in a Green Economy.

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Published: Monday, 1st July, 2013

Youth Farm Programme Launched On Friday


There is a world of possibilities available in the agricultural sector and the establishment of a Youth Farm Programme is designed to encourage young people to grasp them.


This was pointed out by Executive Director of the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Council, Henderson Eastmond, as he addressed a ceremony to launch the programme, last Friday at Baobab Towers. It is a collaborative effort between the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) and the Council.

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Published: Monday, 1st July, 2013

HRD Strategy To Guide Education And Training Programmes


Government has reaffirmed its commitment to the development of Barbados’ human capital.  The pledge was made when the Ministry of Labour hosted a Human Resource Development Strategy (HRDS) Orientation Seminar for Entrepreneurial Bodies, at the Warrens Office Complex this morning.

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Published: Tuesday, 25th June, 2013

Labour Minister Addresses ILO On Creation Of Green Jobs


The creation of ‘green jobs’ through the employment of national policies was on the agenda this week, when Minister of Labour, Senator Dr. Esther Byer Suckoo addressed the International Labour Organisation’s (ILO) General Conference in Geneva, Switzerland.

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Published: Wednesday, 19th June, 2013

SHAW Act Can Enhance SMEs


The Safety and Health at Work (SHAW) Act can enhance small and medium enterprises was the message shared last Friday, as winners of the National Advisory Committee on Safety and Health (NACOSH) Poster and Logo Competitions Safety for Life – It Begins With You, gathered for an awards ceremony at the Ministry of Labour, Warrens Office Complex.

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Published: Monday, 17th June, 2013

Self Management Systems Beneficial For Business


Many persons may not be familiar with the acronym ‘OSH’ but it is steadily becoming an important component for business; and participants in the upcoming Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Week, which will be observed from July 1 to July 4, will have the opportunity to learn more about a variety of themes relevant to OSH, including the introduction of a National Safety and Health Self-Management Systems Programme.

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Published: Thursday, 13th June, 2013

Employment Rights Act: Employment Particulars Requirement


Knowing one’s job is key to performing with competence at work and, in an effort to ensure employees are aware of their expected roles, the recently proclaimed Employment Rights Act 2012 requires a written statement of particulars of employment for workers.

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Published: Wednesday, 5th June, 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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