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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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  • Who is conducting this survey and why do they need this data?

The Labour Department and Statistical Office (key agencies in the central government) are responsible for coordinating and conducting this survey. The survey is a National Labour Demand Survey which is being used to gather key data on employers’ needs and preferences in terms of the kinds of labour - i.e. job candidates with different qualifications to fulfil different jobs at their organisations – and the types of knowledge, skills and abilities they are demanding from the labour force.

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The Department of Labour in collaboration with the Statistical Office and other stakeholders is seeking to conduct a Labour Demand Survey on a national level – referred to as The Job Opening and Labour Turnover Survey (JOLTS).  The objective of the survey is to capture and assess data from a representative sample of employers of enterprises operating in the country on the following variables and factors (on a periodic basis for each year):

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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.

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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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