NATIONAL BIPARTITE MEETING: Challenges to CARIFORUM Labour, Private Sector and Employers to fulfil their EPA Obligations
St. Vincent and the Grenadines would host the 10th in a series of national bipartite workshops organised by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in conjunction with the Caribbean Employers’ Confederation and the Caribbean Congress of Labour. The workshop, which would be held at the Methodist Church Hall, Kingstown, will convene at 9:00am on Wednesday, September 23, 2015
The opening ceremony is expected to hear remarks from Ms. Helena Thomas – President, St. Vincent Employers’ Federation and Mr. Joseph Bonadie – General Secretary, Commercial Technical and Allied Workers Union. The keynote address would be presented by the Hon. Maxwell Charles – Minister of National Security, the Public Service, Labour, Information, and Ecclesiastical Affairs.
According to an ILO press release, the workshops are part of a three-year project funded by the European Union (EU) and executed by the ILO, and aim to build the capacity of Caribbean regional workers’ and employers’ organisation so that they can make substantive contributions to policy-setting aimed at regional development and the integration process, thus fulfilling their obligations under the Social Aspects Chapter of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA). The workshop would provide the opportunity for employers’ and workers’ organisations to air their concerns on social and economic issues, and set a common agenda for collaboration between the social partners at the national level.
Nine previous workshops were held in July and August of this year in St. Lucia, Grenada, Dominica, Antigua and Barbuda, St. Kitts and Nevis, Haiti, Jamaica, Belize, the Bahamas and Barbados. Similar workshops are expected to be conducted in Suriname, 28 September; Guyana, 30 September; and Trinidad and Tobago, 2 October of this year.