02 Jul
Launch of the Database of the Alliance for Decent Work for People with Disabilities

The Alliance for Decent Work for People with Disabilities (the “Alliance” for short) has launched its database on good employment opportunities for the press and selected invitees. The database, which was developed by Spang Makandra, was launched on Monday, June 17th at 11:00 AM at the Digital Talent Academy venue.

The database provides a digital platform for registering people with disabilities (PWDs), who are in need of work or wish to establish a small business. In addition, the database will function as a follow-up system and or monitoring tool for the performance of PWDs who are employed and or have a business. It will also serve as a matchmaking platform for unemployed people with disabilities and businesses/companies that are hiring.

The Alliance is a joint initiative between the Association of Surinamese Business (VSB) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The Alliance aims to promote decent employment and entrepreneurship among PWDs in Suriname. The proclamation of the Alliance took place in February 2018. Other entities participating in the Alliance are the Ministries of Labour, Trade, Industry and Tourism, and Social Affairs; plus organizations working with or for People with Disabilities, namely Nationale Stichting voor Blinden en Slechtzienden in Suriname (NSBS), Stichting Wan Okasi, and Unu Pikin.

17 May


April 29, 2019

Topic: The OSH Institute of Dominica


Eleven (11) safety representatives employed at various private sector businesses across the island are now professionally designated L-OSH after having participated in and successfully completed the first ever Licentiate in Occupational Safety & Health professional certification programme in Dominica. The training exercises were conceived and executed by The OSH Institute of Dominica® during the month of March, and candidates were assessed in April, 2019.  Three (3) other candidates who opted not to do the final assessment were awarded Certificates of Merit.

The conferral of designations and distribution of certificates took place on April 29, 2019 at an event also intended to recognise the World Day for Safety & Health at Work which is celebrated every year on April 28.  The event is an annual international campaign meant to raise awareness for safety and health in the workplace.  Every day, people die as a result of occupational accidents or work-related diseases – more than 2.78 million deaths per year, as reported by the International Labour Organisation, the ILO. Additionally, there are some 374 million non-fatal work-related injuries and illnesses each year, many of these resulting in extended absences from work. The human cost of this daily adversity is vast and the economic burden of poor occupational safety and health practices is estimated at 3.94 per cent of global Gross Domestic Product each year.

Delivering remarks at the event, Mr Aylmer Irish, Board of Governors member, spoke to the critical need of business and industry to invest in human capacities as the sure way of achieving their overall objectives.  Mr Irish complimented The OSH Institute of Dominica on working to build safer workplaces and imparting needed skills in employees as the more effective way to get this done.  Executive Director of The OSH Institute of Dominica, Mr Achille Chris Joseph, gave a brief history of the Institute from its founding in 2015 and including the roll-out of the Certified Fire Marshall programme in 2016, another first-of-its-kind in the Caribbean.  Mr Joseph informed the media that, “the traditional role of OSH has restricted its application to enhancing the bottom line at enterprises since it was viewed as a cost item only or in combination to first-aid activities.  OSH is much more than that.  It is actually a strategy to add value to enterprise and position the business to achieve mission efficiently.”

The OSH Institute of Dominica is a specialised agency of the Dominica Employers’ Federation, the latter being the national employers’ body on world-of-work and labour-market in Dominica.   The Institute’s training syllabi are governed by a Board of Standards comprising Chairman Heskeith Brumant of NPMC, Delbert Paris of Stewco Construction, Derrick Beazer of DOMLEC, and Achille Chris Joseph.

The Institute has five (5) professional programmes ready for delivery.  They are: Certified Fire Marshall (CertFM), Licentiate in Occupational Safety & Health (L-OSH), Licentiate in Business Continuity Planning (L-BCP), Professional in Occupational Safety & Health (P-OSH), and Senior Professional in Occupational Safety & Health (SP-OSH).  The P-OSH programme is scheduled to be executed in September 2019.  September will also see the recertification of the first cohort of CertFM.


Dominica Employers’ Federation

P.O. Box 1783

22 Hillsborough Street, Suite #2, Roseau

13 Mar

The Journey to Productivity and Competitiveness magazine provides an insight of the CEC’s voyage whilst hosting the Workshops on Productivity Improvements for SMEs. The workshops were hosted in 14 CARIFORUM countries during the period January to March 2017.http://https-view-flipdocs-com-id10021574_660264

09 Feb
GEF brings employers together to discuss productivity

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 CEC & ILO facilitates Productivity Workshop in Grenada


GEORGE’S , 8th February, 2017 The Grenada Employers’ Federation (GEF) invites your news team to cover the opening ceremony of the CEC-ILO-GEF Membership Workshop on Productivity Improvements. The aim of the workshop is to allow employers to gain an understanding of issues of Productivity and to explore ways of improving.


This Workshop is carded for Thursday 9th February, 2017 at the St. George’s Suite, Grenadian by Rex Resorts, Point Salines, St. George’s. The opening ceremony begins at 9:00 am.


The Grenada Employers’ Federation (GEF) is hosting this workshop in collaboration with the Caribbean Employers’ Confederation (CEC) and International Labour Organization (ILO).


This membership engagement forms part of the European Union (EU) funded project: Challenges to CARIFORUM Labour, Private Sector and Employers’ to fulfil their EPA Obligations: Caribbean Employers’ Confederation (CEC) and the Caribbean Congress of Labour (CCL) Component of the Support to Facilitate Participation of CARIFORUM Civil Society in Regional Development and Integration Process.


Accompanying this release is a copy of the Agenda for the workshop. Certainly, this would be a perfect opportunity for your establishment to interview key experts on productivity, ILO and CEC representatives.


Should you require additional information please contact the Executive Director.


Looking forward to your usual co-operation.

06 Feb
Productivity Workshop aimed at improving economic growth in SMEs in Dominica

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In a renewed campaign to enhance the productivity and competitiveness of Dominican enterprises in the regional and international markets, the Dominica Employers’ Federation in collaboration with the Caribbean Employers’ Confederation (CEC) and the International Labour Organisation (Caribbean Office) (ILO), with funding from the European Union (EU), will host a one-day Workshop on the theme Productivity Improvements for Small and Micro Enterprises (SMEs)”, on Monday 6th February, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Fort Young Hotel, Roseau. A total twenty-five (25) entrepreneurs and social partners from the Ministry of Commerce, Labour Unions and private sector will participate in the workshop.


The Productivity workshop is designed to help small enterprises in Dominica understand the issues of productivity, and explore ways in which they can be improved. Topics to be discussed are:

  • The current state of Productivity and Competitiveness in Dominica: Indicators, Measurement, Data requirement and Data availability.
  • Measures to improve productivity at organizational levels.
  • Shaping the Business environment: Addressing Cultural Barriers, Data availability, Rewards and Recognition.
  • Panel & Group Discussion: What policies and strategies can be identified to improve productivity?
  • Tools to enhance national and enterprise productivity
  • Way forward/ Next steps


Coordinator for the Workshop, and Labour-Management Analyst with the Dominica Employers’ Federation, Michelle Marshall, stated, “The Dominica business model has forever been characterised by low productivity and competitiveness in the local, regional and international product markets as we seem to be known more for costs rather than quality. Therefore, this Workshop will challenge participants to make productivity improvements a critical part of the model because if we boost productivity, we can improve economic growth.”


Labour Commissioner in the Ministry of Justice, Immigration & National Security, Dr. Matthew Leblanc is carded to speak at the Opening Ceremony, along with Mr. Benoit Bardouille, President, DEF; Ms. Vanessa Phala, Senior Specialist on Employers’ Activities, ILO; and Ms. Gabrielle Johnson, National Project Officer, CEC.


The Workshop will be free to invitees.


Members of the media are invited to attend the Opening Ceremony, schedule for Monday, 6th February, 2017: 9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Fort Young Hotel, Roseau, Dominica


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14 Church Street, Roseau