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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 >> Periodic Labour Review >> Redundancies Registered with the DOL

Employers are obligated by law to report redundancies to the Department of Labour. This is stipulated in the Protection of Employment Act Section 12 (3) Cap 212 of the Revised Laws of St. Vincent and the Grenadines 2009. All employers shall inform the recognized trade union, or if none exists, the employees’ representative and the Labour Commissioner in writing one month prior to the simultaneous or successive termination of the services of five or more employees.

Table 1).

Employees reported to the Department of Labour as redundant by their employer and by occupation.

 

 

 

 

ISCO

Occupation

2009

2010

1211

Finance managers

1

2424

Training and staff development professionals

1

3114

Electronics engineering technicians

2

3150

Ship and aircraft controllers and technicians

1

3312

Credit and loans officers

5

 

3322

Commercial sales representatives

1

3341

Office supervisors

1

3513

Computer network and systems technicians

1

4300

Numerical and material recording clerks

2

4110

General office clerks

1

4130

Keyboard operators

68

4132

Data entry clerks

1

4212

Bookmakers, croupiers and related gaming workers

3

4214

Debt-collectors and related workers

1

4220

Client information workers

1

4320

Material-recording and transport clerks

62

4321

Stock clerks

1

5414

Security guards

1

7100

Building and related trades workers, excluding electricians

140

7215

Riggers and cable splicers

1

7420

Electronics and telecommunications installers and repairers

2

7422

Information and communications technology installers and servicers

3

9100

Cleaners and helpers

2

9330

Transport and storage labourers

2

9999

Not stated

4





Table 2).

Redundancies registered by the Department of Labour in 2009 and 2010 by the most immediate reason and number of employees involved

 

 

 

Most immediate reason

2009

2010

A significant reduction of business operations, more specifically

73

8

Decline in sales and or production

73

8

Decline in profits

 

 

Restructuring of the business operations due to,

227

0

A merger/new ownership

14

 

Privatization of public corporations/statutory bodies

7

 

Major issues/long term problems affecting the profitability of the business

62

 

Other (specify)……………………………………..

 

 

Not Stated

144

 

Total

300

8