Byer Suckoo: No Pay Difference In Public Service

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There is no disparity between the salaries of male and female workers across Barbados’ public sector. Minister of Labour, Senator Dr. Esther Byer Suckoo disclosed this finding yesterday, while speaking at the media launch of the 2016 United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Human Development Report, at United Nations House. According to data trends from the report’s Human Development Index, it …

Migrant Workers Not Forgotten

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Migrant workers are also protected under the employment laws of Barbados. Minister of Labour, Senator Dr. Esther Byer Suckoo, gave this reassurance on Tuesday, while addressing the National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health (NACOSH), at the Ministry of Labour, Warrens Office Complex. While acknowledging that NACOSH had a “significant” role to play in promoting safety and health standards …

Employer Surveys To Start March 13

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The Manpower Research and Statistical Unit (MRSU) of the Ministry of Labour will begin its Skills for the Future Employer Survey, next Monday, March 13. The survey, which will focus initially on the international business, financial services and manufacturing sectors, will seek to gather information on Barbados’ skills gaps and requirements, as perceived by various employers. It will continue for …

Labour Dept. Promoting Best Practices

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The Labour Department’s role is to give technical information and advice to employers and employees, on the most effective means of complying with labour laws and standards. Acting Chief Labour Officer, Victor Felix, issued this reminder on Monday, while speaking at the launch of the Department’s Labour Management Relations Seminars, at the National Union of Public Workers’ (NUPW) headquarters. The …

Labour Department Seminars Continue

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Members of the public will get an opportunity to discuss issues surrounding employee rights and work place best practices, when the Labour Department hosts three free seminars on February 27 and 28, and on March 1. The seminars will take place at the National Union of Public Workers, Dalkeith Road, St. Michael, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day. …

Byer Suckoo: Culture Complementing Tourism

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“Barbados’ cultural goods and services have played an integral role in the tourism sector’s value chain…making culture a perfect complement to the tourism industry.” Minister of Labour, Senator Dr. Esther Byer Suckoo, expressed this view today at the launch of the Ruk-A-Tuk Inc. and Human Resource Development Strategy (HRDS) Training Workshops, at the Ministry of Labour, Warrens Office Complex. Dr. …

Focus On Knowledge Management

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Several Information Technology (IT) Officers in the public sector are getting an opportunity to undergo Knowledge Management training, thanks to the Human Resource Development Strategy (HRDS) Unit of the Ministry of Labour. The training, which began on Monday at the Ministry of Labour, Warrens Office Complex, is being facilitated by Chairman and Chief Instructor of the Knowledge Management Institute, Douglas …

Safety Booklets & Abstracts Available

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The Labour Department’s Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) section now has available copies of the OSH Summary Booklet and Abstract. Interested persons may visit the Labour Department on the 2nd Floor, Warrens Office Complex, Warrens, St. Michael, from Wednesday, December 21, to Friday, January 13, 2017, during regular office hours. For more information, persons may contact Veronica Baird at 535-1524, …

Reminder On Christmas Overtime

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The Labour Department is reminding shop owners and staff, especially in the distributive sector; that there are specific guidelines to be followed for overtime periods this Christmas Season. In December, businesses classified as shops under the Shops Act, are usually open for extended periods of time. Shop owners are therefore reminded that while cooperation regarding overtime requests is expected, it …

Labour Ministry Numbers Reminder

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Members of the public are reminded that the Ministry of Labour’s telephone and facsimile numbers have been changed. Persons desirous of contacting the National Employment Bureau (NEB) should call 535-1535. The Occupational Safety and Health Department may be reached at 535-1523. For general queries, or to reach the Ministry’s Industrial Relations section, the number to call is 535-1500. Facsimile numbers …