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Government of Barbados/ Inter-American Development Bank Loan Agreement 2739/OC-BA Skills for the Future Program- Digitization of the Labour Department


The Government of Barbados through the Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation has been granted a loan from the Inter-American Development Bank for the overall management and support of the Skills for the Future Program. The Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation now invites qualified Individual Consultant for the following consultancy:

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Published: Friday, 22nd April, 2016

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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

Students Encouraged To Go Further In Agriculture


Students who recently achieved the island’s first National Vocational Qualifications (NVQ) in Amenity Horticulture have been encouraged to take it to the next level.


Minister of Labour and Social Security, Dr. Esther Byer Suckoo, urged the students to pursue the Caribbean Vocational Qualification (CVQ) in Amenity Horticulture Level 2, so that their scope for employment could be extended to the Caribbean and not limited only to Barbados.

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Published: Thursday, 1st November, 2012

United States To Be Asked To Consider Alternative Travel for Bajan H2b Workers


Minister of Labour and Social Security, Dr. Esther Byer Suckoo, has urged the United States Government to consider alternative ways for Barbadian workers to be flown to America under the H2B Hotel Programme.


The Labour Minister made this appeal as she met with US Ambassador to Barbados, Larry Palmer, during a courtesy call at her Ministry’s headquarters in the Warrens Office Complex.

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Published: Wednesday, 24th October, 2012

Personal Protective Equipment A Requirement Under Shaw ACT: Employers & Employees could be charged for failing to comply with SHaW


In Barbados some agricultural workers habitually wear inappropriate “protective” gear while working with chemicals.

This practice is so commonplace that most Barbadians may easily recall seeing persons wearing scarves around their nose and mouth while spraying crops.  Many nationals can also attest to having seen some agricultural workers on the job without shirts, and even a few of them in the field wearing slippers on instead of boots.

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Published: Tuesday, 23rd October, 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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