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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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Home >> News and Events >> News >> Labour Department prepares for pilot Job Openings and Labour Turnover Survey (JOLTS)

Plans are on the way by the Labour Department to conduct the St.Vincent & the Grenadines Job Openings and Labour Turnover Survey (JOLTS) scheduled for November 2014. The survey will take place as a pilot project for the member countries of the OECS with initial funding provided jointly by the OECS Secretariat and the ILO. The survey instrument was designed by Senior Specialist for Employment & Labour Market Policies at the ILO’ office in Port of Spain- Dr. Reynold Simons and was reviewed at a two-day consultation meeting of OECS Directors of Statistics held in June of this year in St.Vincent and the Grenadines.

The Job Openings and Labour Turnover Survey (JOLTS) is a survey of business enterprises that is developed to address the need for data on total employment, job vacancies, hires, quits, layoffs, and other separations. It is expected to cover all nonagricultural industries in the public and private sectors throughout St.Vincent and the Grenadines, which would include retailers, manufacturers, hotels, and service providers among other establishments. Data from a random sample of these business establishments would be collected by the Labour Department in collaboration with the Central Statistical Office. It would then be analyzed and the findings published in a report.  

Through this survey and other labour market information-gathering initiatives the Labour Department is attempting to fill the information gap that presently exists in St.Vincent and the Grenadines. This survey is expected to be conducted on a quarterly basis and would form a key activity under the Department’s Labour Market Information System with ongoing technical support from the Central Statistical Office. The labour market information that is derived seeks to address questions and trends related to the operation and the performance of the labour market such as: 

•    How are different segments of the population faring in the labour market?
•    What types of training and education do employers require of prospective employees?
•    What jobs are employers having difficulty filling?
•    What are the highest paying occupations?
•    What occupations are projected to grow the fastest?

The findings of the JOLT Survey and similar initiatives carried out by the Department would benefits a wide range of people. For job seekers, LMI may be about job opportunities, education and skill level requirements, working conditions, prevailing wage rates, and effective job search strategies; for individuals making career choices, the most relevant LMI is about available occupational options, training and educational opportunities, the current labour market environment, and future trends; for employers, LMI can guide recruitment efforts, training practices, and investment and location decisions; for educators & training institutions, LMI can be useful when forecasting student demand, developing curricula, and planning training courses/programmes; and for national policy-makers, LMI can be used as a main economic indicator of employment growth, to monitor the economy and to formulate employment and training policies, projects and programmes. 

The benefits and usefulness of the JOLT Survey can only be realized through the full cooperation and participation of the members of the business community. Employers and managers are assured that individual names of business enterprises and corresponding details will not be made public.