50 Years Of The Farm Labour Programme

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For the past five decades, the Seasonal Canadian Agricultural Programme, more commonly referred to as the Farm Labour Programme, has been a mainstay for Barbados’ economy. Since its inception in 1967, the programme has provided job opportunities for hundreds of Barbadians on Canadian farms.  The remittances sent back home from the workers helped to sustain many Barbadian families in the …

Seminars On Labour Legislation

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The Labour Department will be hosting two seminars in keeping with its efforts to promote more efficient labour management cooperation in organisations. The seminars will be held on Wednesday, November 22, and Friday, November 24, in the Warrens Office Complex, Warrens, St. Michael, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., each day. During the sessions, participants will hear presentations on the …

B’dos To Host Seasonal Workers’ Meeting

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The Ministry of Labour will be hosting the 2017 Annual Review Meeting of the Canada/Caribbean Seasonal Agricultural Workers’ Programme from November 19 to 24. In recognition of the 50th Anniversary of Barbados’ participation in the Seasonal Workers’ Programme, a number of awards will be presented to workers, who have participated in the programme since its inception in 1967, during an …

Minister Clears Air On Migrant Labour

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The Minister of Labour, Social Security and Human Resource Development, Senator Dr. Esther Byer Suckoo, has sought to set the record straight on the policy articulated for migrant workers when working in Barbados. The Minister’s comments came in response to the Hot Topic column which appeared in the Friday, October 27, edition of the Weekend Nation. Senator Dr. Byer Suckoo …

Italy Interested In Fashion Industry

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Italy is interested in working with Barbados in the fashion industry. This was disclosed recently by Italy’s special envoy to the Caribbean, Paolo Serpi, during a visit to Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Dr. Esther Byer Suckoo, at her office in the Warrens Office Complex. Mr. Serpi also disclosed that at present over 1000 businesses in …

Byer Suckoo: Pay Attention To Soft Skills

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Minister of Labour, Senator Dr. Esther Byer Suckoo, has stressed the importance of adopting good soft skills, an area which employers are paying closer attention to during the hiring process. Speaking during the 2017 edition of the World of Work Showcase at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre today, Senator Dr. Byer Suckoo told the large gathering of students that the …

Disabled Workers In Various Ministries

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Government is continuing to play its part to integrate workers with disabilities into the workforce. Minister of Labour, Social Security and Human Resource Development, Senator Dr. Esther Byer Suckoo, made this comment recently, while delivering remarks at the Congress of Trade Unions and Staff Association’s Midterm Conference at the Courtyard by Marriott. Stating that scores of these workers are employed …

Agriculture & Fisheries Skills Assessment

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The Ministry of Labour, Social Security and Human Resource Development has commenced a skills need assessment of the agriculture and fisheries sectors to identify the human resources and training needed to make them more modern and efficient. The assessment is being conducted by the Ministry of Labour’s Human Resource Development Programme Implementation Unit, in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture, …

Occupational Safety & Health In Focus

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Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) are considered two important elements in human resource management that not only promote a safe and healthy work place, but often lead to happy and productive employees. From July 2 to 8, that subject was brought to the fore during the Labour, Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Week, themed: Safe Workplaces are Productive Workplaces. The …

Agricultural Sector Needs More Youth

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Minister of Labour, Social Security and Human Resource Development, Senator Dr. Esther Byer Suckoo has re-iterated the importance of youth involvement in the future viability of the local agriculture sector. She expressed this view recently while addressing the graduation ceremony of the Youth Farm 2016 held under the aegis of the Inter-American Institute on Cooperation in Agriculture, (IICA) in Building …