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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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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.


More than sixty employees drawn from twelve organisations received training in handling HIV and AIDS related issues at the workplace during the six months period; the training was delivered by the National AIDS Secretariat.


The twelve organisations involved in the pilot project were selected based on their previous involvement in HIV and AIDS related issues. These enterprises are:

Bank of St. Vincent and the Grenadines (BOSVG)

East Caribbean Group of Companies (ECGC)

Central Water and Sewerage Authority (CWSA)

Courts St. Vincent Ltd.

St. Vincent Employers’ Federation

National Insurance Services (NIS)

LIME St. Vincent Ltd

St. Vincent Electricity Services (VINLEC)

Mustique Company

General Employees Cooperative Credit Union (GECCU)

St. Vincent Planned Parenthood Association

Department of Labour