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Occupational Safety and Health Week - A Rousing Success


OSH Week 2017 was held during July 2 - 8 2017. The week began with a church service at the Bethel Pentecostal Church at Drax Hall where the Pastor and congregation warmly welcomed the staff and guests of the Labour Department. 

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Published: Monday, 17th July, 2017

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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

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

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Latest Snapshot of the Barbados Labour Market









Adult Population (000’s) 105.7 115.7 221.4
Labour Force (000’s) 74.5 72.7 147.2
Employed Labour Force (000’s) 67.5 65.4 132.9
Labour Force Participation Rate (%) 70.4 62.9 66.5
General Unemployment Rate (%) 9.3 10.1 9.7
Youth Unemployment Rate (%) 27.5 31.8 29.5




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