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Prohibition against Termination

An employer shall not terminate the services of an employee on any of the following grounds:

1. Trade union membership or participation in trade union activities outside working hours or, with the consent of the employer, within working hours.

2. Seeking office as, or acting as the capacity of, an employee representative.

3. Making a complaint or participating in proceedings against an employer involving an alleged violation of laws and regulation.

4. Race, colour, sex, marital status, pregnancy, religion, political opinion, nationality or social origin.

5. Reasonable absence from work due to family emergencies or responsibilities.

6. Absence from work during maternity leave as certified by a medical practitioner.

7. Absence from work due to injury or illness provided that the employee submits a medical certificate to his employer by the third day of absence.

8. Absence from work in the performance of jury service as required by law.

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Ms Claudia Coenjaerts, a Belgian national, has been appointed as Director of the ILO Decent Work Team and Office for the Caribbean, effective 1 August 2015.

Ms Coenjaerts joined the ILO in 1995 and has worked extensively in Africa, Asia, Europe and North America. Prior to taking up her assignment as Director of the ILO Office based in Port-of-Spain, Ms Coenjaerts took an 18-month sabbatical from the ILO to act as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Fair Labor Association in Washington, D.C.

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OECS Commission, Castries St. Lucia, February 3rd, 2015 - The OECS Commission under the 10th European Development Fund (EDF) Project Economic Integration and Trade of OECS, has secured the services of Consultant Justine Cleophas Pierre (Labour Market and TVET Consultant) to undertake an assessment and status report regarding the implementation of the OECS Labour Force Survey in the beneficiary Member States - Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines.

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St. Vincent and the Grenadines prepares to conduct Labour Force Survey

The Statistical Office is making arrangements for the conduct of a Labour Force Survey.  The aim of the survey is to close the serious information gap currently being experienced and satisfy the most urgent need for information on employment, the labour market and other areas of social and economic policy.

“Applications are invited from suitably qualified persons for positions as Supervisors/Enumerators in the upcoming Labour Force Survey.  Application forms are available at:

(1) the Statistical Office, Central Planning Division, Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning, located on the 1st floor of the Administrative Building (Financial Complex)”

(2) the Department of Labour located on the ground floor of the Marion House Building, Sally Spring.

(3) On the Statistical Office website: stats.gov.vc

(4) On the Department of Labour website: dol.gov.vc

Completed application forms must be submitted to the Chief Statistician | Statistical Office | Central Planning Division no later than April 7th 2015.