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Labour Seminars


Please be informed that the Labour Department in continuing its outreach programme will be hosting Labour Seminars to discuss ‘Labour Legislation and Industrial Relations Best Practice’ on March 24th, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Warrens Office Complex, Warrens, St Michael.



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Published: Wednesday, 28th January, 2015

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More Power to Labour Officers under SHaW Act


Being able to deal with safety and health hazards immediately, in addition to conducting inspections in any workplace, are some of the new powers vested to Safety and Health Officers of the Labour Department under the Safety and Health at Work (SHaW) Act.  It will be proclaimed on or before January 1, 2013.   

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Published: Tuesday, 25th September, 2012

Businesses urged to get SHaW Ready


All workers and workplaces in Barbados will be covered under the Safety and Health at Work (SHaW) Act and business operators have been advised to “focus your energies on getting your houses in order so that on proclamation day, you will not be found wanting”.

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Published: Tuesday, 25th September, 2012

Labour Department Ready for SHaW


With less than 100 days to the proclamation of the Safety and Health at Work (SHaW) Act, the Labour Department has already been putting mechanisms in place for effective administration of this new law.


Minister of Labour and Social Security, Dr. Esther Byer Suckoo gave this assurance last Friday, September 21, during the media launch of the Zero in on Safety: 100 Days to SHaW campaign. 

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Published: Monday, 24th September, 2012

Less Than 100 Days to Proclamation of SHaW


In less than 100 days the Barbadian workforce will be protected by the Safety and Health at Work (SHaW) Act.

Government has given the assurance that on or before January 1, 2013 that legislation, which was enacted seven years ago, will be proclaimed.

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Published: Monday, 24th September, 2012

Youth In Agriculture : An Important Means To Overcoming Recession


Agriculture must be seen as an important means to helping this country overcome the current economic challenges it is experiencing.


This was the assertion of Education Officer for Technical and Vocational Education at the Ministry of Education, Henderson Wiltshire, when he recently addressed students and officials of the IICA Youth Farm Programme at the headquarters of the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) at Baobab Towers in Warrens, St. Michael.

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Published: Monday, 23rd July, 2012

Youth In Agriculture First Assessed For NVQ Certification


Fifteen young Barbadians may become the first students within the island’s secondary school system to be awarded a National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) in Amenity Horticulture Level 1 at the end of this summer vacation.

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Published: Monday, 16th July, 2012

Employees Encouraged to Utilise No-Risk Behaviours to Prevent HIV


Risk Reduction methods to curb the spread of HIV was extensively discussed at the recent HIV and AIDS Peer Education workshop held by the Ministry of Labour for public sector employees.  It was conducted at the Savannah Hotel, Hastings, Christ Church.

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Published: Friday, 6th July, 2012

Canada to recruit Barbadians for the Hospitality Work


A number of vacancies are available in the Canadian Hospitality sector and Barbadians have been invited to apply.

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Published: Thursday, 28th June, 2012

Safety Is Serious: Business a Look At Health And Safety In The Hospitality Sector


Safety is considered serious business at some organisations around the island; and many managers have realised that implementing safety systems in the workplace is actually saving their companies substantial sums of money.

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Published: Thursday, 14th June, 2012

Youth Unemployment on ILO Agenda


Young people globally are becoming marginalised, despondent and cynical about the future, and according to Minister of Labour and Social Security, Dr. Esther Byer Suckoo, this could be seen with the rise in welfare dependence, political upheaval and youth protests across the world.

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Published: Monday, 11th June, 2012

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Latest Snapshot of the Barbados Labour Market









Adult Population (000’s) 101.3 112.9 214.2
Labour Force (000’s) 72.9 70.0 142.9
Employed Labour Force (000’s) 64.4 61.9 126.2
Labour Force Participation Rate (%) 72.0 62.0 66.7
General Unemployment Rate (%) 11.7 11.6 11.6
Youth Unemployment Rate (%) 27.9 32.6 30.0




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