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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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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

Labour Department Urges Use Of Material Safety Data Sheets


With the increasing use of chemicals in the agricultural industry, the Labour Department is calling on players in that sector to fully utilise Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS).

Safety and Health Officer, Kerryann Branford noted that chemicals were found in fertilizers, pesticides, animal medications, cleaning agents and numerous other substances.  In a paper entitled Maintaining Health and Safety in the Use of Agrochemicals she stated: “The most effective method of ensuring that chemicals are used in the safest manner possible is by reviewing the Material Safety Data Sheets which accompany all chemicals.”

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Published: Monday, 15th October, 2012

Chance to win cash with Labour Department


Barbadians are being invited to create a visually appealing and impactful design that can effectively demonstrate the importance of occupational safety and healthThe Labour Department is staging Poster and Logo competitions to encourage persons from all walks of life to familiarise themselves with the Safety and Health at Work (SHaW) Act, which is to be proclaimed on or before January 1, 2013.  These are part of the outreach initiatives of the on-going Zero in to Safety – 100 Days to SHaW campaign.

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Published: Thursday, 11th October, 2012

Barbados To 'A' Game to Brazil


Akeila Chapman will be taking her ‘A’ game to Brazil when she goes to that country in November to compete in the hairstyling category of Worldskills Americas 2012.

Expecting to face stiff competition from her Latin American counterparts, Akeila boldly proclaimed that she will be using this experience as a learning tool and a platform for which she can put the Barbadian cosmetology industry on the world map.

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Published: Tuesday, 9th October, 2012

Accidents At Work Must Be Reported To Labour Department


Accidents which occur at work and result in an employee being injured or unable to perform his or her duties for more than three days must be reported to the Labour Department.


And, according to the Accidents and Occupational Diseases (Notification Act) 1951, such incidents should be reported as soon as possible, but no later than seven days after the event.

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Published: Tuesday, 9th October, 2012

Review Of Regional TVET Strategy To Improve Workforce


By re-inventing Barbados and the region’s Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) system, it is anticipated that this will help to redevelop and modernized the Caribbean’s workforce into a modern 21st century workforce.


Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, Yolande Howard, described it as “[a workforce] that is the engine of social and economic growth and competitiveness for our country and region”.

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Published: Friday, 5th October, 2012

CTUSAB'S Contribution To Labour Administration Lauded


The Congress of Trade Unions and Staff Associations of Barbados (CTUSAB) has been described as “an excellent role model for all cooperative organisations”.


In lauding CTUSAB for “the immense contribution it has made thus far to labour administration in Barbados”, Minister of Labour and Social Security, Dr. Esther Byer Suckoo, called on the members of CTUSAB to continue working with her Ministry.

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Published: Wednesday, 3rd October, 2012

Bajan Workers Recruited By Canadian Hoteliers


Barbadians are coming out in their numbers with the hope of being recruited to work in the hospitality industry in Canada, and Human Resources Manager of Blue Mountain Resort from Ontario, Janet Hammond, said her company was eager to hire people from this island.

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Published: Thursday, 27th September, 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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