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                                              Minister of Labour and the Civil Service, Rawle Eastmond

The Tripartite Caribbean Labour Forum got underway yesterday at the Barbados Hilton with Minister of Labour and the Civil Service, Rawle Eastmond describing the meeting as a landmark event for the region.

He said there were high expectations for the three day forum, particularly as it seeks to develop and promote a framework for “Decent work” in the Caribbean.

Mr. Eastmond also stressed the need for change in the economies of the region which register very low product growth in sectors which do not generate much employment.

Therefore, he suggested that integrated economic measures were necessary at all levels to ensure that this growth generates more work for the citizens of the Caribbean.

In addition, Minister Eastmond outlined some areas which would assist in the development of a “Decent Work” agenda in the Caribbean.

 “The focus of our region should continue to be promoting and realising standards relating to the fundamental principles and rights at work, creating greater employment opportunities for men and women, enhancing the coverage and effectiveness of social protection and strengthening tripartism and social dialogue.”

The meeting, coordinated by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in collaboration with the Ministry of Labour and the Civil Service of Barbados is being held under the theme “Responding to Globalisation: A Decent Work Agenda for the Caribbean in the context of Regional Integration.”

The three day forum will focus on a number of pertinent issues affecting the region including youth employment, poverty eradication, promoting gender equality, the informal economy, vocational training, occupational safety and health, social protection and migrant workers among other topics. 

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