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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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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.

The two Germans- Ms. Katrin Mueller and Ms. Sarah-Tabea Schroeter who are pursuing a BSc. Degree in Labour Market Management are required to do a six weeks internship programme during their second year of studies at an appropriate institution either in Germany or in another country.

While here the students have been participating in various functional areas of the Department, such as observing workplace labour inspections in and around Kingstown, Young Island and Bequia, participating in the Employment in Focus Radio Programmes, observing the proceedings of labour dispute matters before the Tribunal, and preparing data on job-seeker registrations and work permit records.

It is the second time that the Labour Department is hosting German students- the Department having done so for the very first time in 2015.

Vincentian, Ms. Marissa King, a graduate student at the Cave Campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI) is also doing her internship with the Department. Ms King is pursuing her MSc in Labour and Employment Relations and will spend three months at the Department where she would engage in similar exercises as the Germans.

Ms. King hopes that her stint would provide her with the practical experience and knowledge which would act as a bridge between university and the world of work.

The Labour Department takes this opportunity to wish the student interns every success in their studies and future endeavours.