Labour laws ‘in writing’ to protect workers


FOREIGN COMPANIES SEEKING to set up businesses in Barbados, but not wanting to adhere to local labour practices, have led the Ministry of Labour to put all labour laws into writing to ensure the rights of workers are respected.

Minister of Labour Dr Esther Byer Suckoo made the point while speaking at a service on Sunday to mark the start of Occupational Safety And Health Week at Bethel Pentecostal Church in Drax Hall, St George. 

“We have seen that there are a lot of foreign employers and foreign investors who come to these shores and they may not understand the way that we do things.”

While stating that there were some companies being established that did not want their employees to join a union, the minister said: “What we are ensuring is that everything is in writing on our statute books because what we notice is that when foreign investors are coming in to establish workplaces, they study our laws and if it is not in the law, we cannot tell them, ‘Well, this is how we are accustomed doing things’.

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