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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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The Labour Department hosted a one day consultation workshop last week Thursday 28th June, 2018  at the NIS Conference Room to review the draft Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Profile for Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

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Two female German students from the University of Applied Studies of the Federal Employment Agency in Schwerin, Germany and a Vincentian Student from the University of the West Indies are currently doing their internship programmes with the Labour Department.

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Cabinet has, on the 11 February, 2015 appointed Wages Councils to undertake a review of the minimum wages regulations.  The Councils were launched at an official ceremony on Thursday 31 March, 2016 at the Peace Memorial Hall in Kingstown.

Delivering the keynote address, Minister of Labour, Hon. Camillo Gonsalves noted that some employers, for example, some employers of agricultural workers are already paying wages that are above the current minimum. “Whether this wages council will fix the minimum wages more reflective of the going market rate, or whether they would establish a new floor that employers would have to go beyond, is a matter that I am sure you would discuss robustly,” Gonsalves said.

He noted further that, “at the most basic level, minimum wage increase has the potential to stimulate the economy and increase demand by putting money into the pockets of low-income consumers who immediately spend it at local businesses.”

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