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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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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.

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Ms Claudia Coenjaerts, a Belgian national, has been appointed as Director of the ILO Decent Work Team and Office for the Caribbean, effective 1 August 2015.

Ms Coenjaerts joined the ILO in 1995 and has worked extensively in Africa, Asia, Europe and North America. Prior to taking up her assignment as Director of the ILO Office based in Port-of-Spain, Ms Coenjaerts took an 18-month sabbatical from the ILO to act as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Fair Labor Association in Washington, D.C.

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OECS Commission, Castries St. Lucia, February 3rd, 2015 - The OECS Commission under the 10th European Development Fund (EDF) Project Economic Integration and Trade of OECS, has secured the services of Consultant Justine Cleophas Pierre (Labour Market and TVET Consultant) to undertake an assessment and status report regarding the implementation of the OECS Labour Force Survey in the beneficiary Member States - Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines.

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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.

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