PRESS RELEASE – Labour Minister Hon. Stephenson King has called on trade unions to extend their scope beyond employee representation to also consider training in disaster preparedness.
The Labour Minister’s comments came on the heels of a joint public-private sector disaster management workshop last Thursday, and the recent launch of the National Occupational Safety and Health Policy.
According to the Labour Minister, while trade union representation is predominantly associated with matters of wages and industrial relations, ensuring safer and healthier workplaces for employees is also important.
“If you were to look at the Labour Act, you would notice that Occupational Safety and Health is a major component of the Labour Act. We now have to build capacity, give the necessary authority, and to ensure that every business place adheres to the protocols as established by that policy, dictated by the International Labour Organization,” he said.
Minister King further called on workplaces and the society at large to adopt a proactive culture on matters of disaster preparedness.