Business Enterprises to launch HIV & AIDS Workplace Policy
LABOUR DEPARTMENT MOVES FORWARD WITH IMPLEMENTATION OF HIV/AIDS POLICY
Over the last six months the Department of Labour has been engaged in a pilot project to implement workplace policies on HIV and AIDS at the enterprise level. The Project which was funded by the Government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines and the International Labour Organisation was launched on 18th June 2013.
The objective of the Project is to ensure that the contents of the National Policy on HIV and AIDS are applied on the job and that the standards and guidelines are adhered to with respect to the treatment of employees who may be infected and/or affected by HIV and AIDS.
ANNUAL FARM PROGRAMME MEETING CONCLUDED
The Annual Review Meeting of the Canada Caribbean Seasonal Agricultural Workers Programme was held in Montego Bay, Jamaica from 2nd – 6th December 2013. St. Vincent and the Grenadines was represented at the meeting by Deputy Labour Commissioner, Mrs Bernadine Dublin.
This meeting is held each year in different Caribbean Countries to review policies and procedures relative to farm workers from various Caribbean Countries who travel to Canada on a yearly basis to work mainly on fruits and vegetables farms. The Canada/Caribbean alliance has yielded enormous economic benefits for both regions over the years. The 2012 figures for compulsory savings by Vincentian farm workers were EC$956, 676.23, an increase of some $24,006.18 over the 2011 figures.