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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 Hosts Workshop on National OSH Profile

The Labour Department hosted a one day consultation workshop last week Thursday 28th June, 2018  at the NIS Conference Room to review the draft Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Profile for Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

The draft document provides a summary of the existing situation on OSH, which is an essential step in building an effective National OSH Programme in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. It identifies, among other things, the relevant legislation, the administrative infrastructure and resource needs, as well as the current national situation with regard to occupational accidents and diseases.

The Profile is intended to be used not only as a basis for identifying priorities for action but also as a tool for measuring progress through periodic reviews. Over twenty persons participated in the exercise and were drawn from a wide cross-section of government, workers and employers organisations, among them, the Public Service Union, the Teachers’ Union, Health and the Environment, CWSA, NIS, VINLEC, SVG Port Authority, Saint Vincent Employers Federation, the Ministries of Legal Affairs, Education and Transport and Works, the Police, ECGC and Service Commissions Department.

The Occupational Safety and Heath Act which was enacted on the 24th November 2017 is yet to come into force on a date to be announced by proclamation.