Saint Lucia is set to benefit from a EU-funded programme aimed at strengthening the capacity of the labour organisations to enable them to play a more effective role in determining and developing regional policy.
A National Bipartite meeting for Saint Lucia social partners will be held at the Bay Gardens Hotel on Tuesday, 7 July 2015 in collaboration with Caribbean Employers’ Confederation (CEC) and the Caribbean Congress of Labour (CCL).
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Labour, Titus Preville, will deliver the keynote address at the opening ceremony, with remarks from Vern Gill, President Saint Lucia Employers’ Federation and Wilfred Pierre, President, Saint Lucia Civil Service Association.
The three year programme is supported by the ILO with CEC is designed to build the capacity of the regional organizations so that they can participate effectively in regional development and integration processes, and thus fulfill their obligations under the Social Aspects Chapter of the Economic Partnership.
Strengthening the regional organizations will also necessitate capacity-building activities of the national organizations affiliated to CEC and CCL respectively, as these organizations will be called upon to provide logistical, technical and political support to the initiatives of the regional organizations.
Already the CEC and CCL have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to work together to identify areas where common legislative and regulatory principles having regional application are essential and formulate in legislation principles facilitating the establishment and operation of business and the free movement of labour with the CARICOM common space.
This legislative agenda also includes upholding and advocating for the principles and rights enshrined in ILO Fundamental Conventions. Other regional level activities include a study tour to Brussels in May and an Employers’ Forum in Barbados in June.
This bipartite meeting in Saint Lucia represents the first of a series of national activities to be undertaken in each of the 15 countries which are members of CARIFORUM.
These one-day meetings of the national employers’ and workers’ organizations will form the platform for further work to be executed within the scope of the three-year EU Programme.