Workshop on Productivity Improvements for Small and Micro Enterprises to be hosted in St. Lucia
Senator the Honourable Dr. Ubaldus Raymond, Minister in the Ministry of Finance is slated to deliver the keynote address at the St. Lucia Employers Federation (SLEF) upcoming Membership Workshop entitled “Productivity Improvements for Small and Micro Enterprises” on January 18, 2017 at the Bay Gardens Hotel at 9:00 am. The workshop will be held in collaboration with the Caribbean Employers’ Confederation (CEC), the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the St. Lucia National Competitiveness and Productivity Council (NCPC). Also addressing the opening ceremony will be Ms. Linda Besson, Executive Secretary of the Caribbean Employers’ Confederation and Mr. Vern Gill, President of the St. Lucia Employers’ Federation.
In accordance with the implementation of the European Union funded project which aims to facilitate the participation of CARIFORUM civil society in the regional development and integration process, the Caribbean Employers’ Confederation (CEC) conducted a workshop during the Regional Bipartite Forum held in Grenada from November 3-5, 2015. The purpose of that workshop was for CEC members, of which SLEF is an affiliate, to identify the training needs of its members, chief among which was the necessity for a training workshop on “Productivity Improvements for SME’s”.
Amongst the facilitators will be Ms. Vanessa Phala, Senior Specialist on Employers’ Activities attached to the ILO Decent Work Team and Office for the Caribbean, who will be providing participants with an Overview to some ILO Productivity Tools; Ms. Fiona Hinkson, Executive Director of the National Productivity Council, who will be presenting on “Productivity & Competitiveness Indicators, Measurement, Data Requirements & Data availability in St. Lucia” and “Measures to Improve Productivity at various Organizational Levels” and Mr. Joseph Alexander, Executive Director of the St. Lucia Employers’ Federation who will be addressing “Improving Productivity/Controlling absenteeism”. The workshop will conclude with discussion on policies and strategies to address productivity.
Private Sector Business Employers and others interested in attending this workshop should contact The Secretariat of the St. Lucia Employers Federation, L’Anse Road, Castries, telephone: 452-2190.
Thirty-Five (35) representatives from 20 companies as well as representatives from leading trade unions and the Ministry of Labour in Barbados will participate in a Forum entitled “Understanding Issues of Productivity and Exploring Ways of Improving”, to be held at the Accra Beach Resort in Christ Church, Barbados, on Friday, January 13th, 2017.
In accordance with the implementation of the EU Project which aims to facilitate the participation of CARIFORUM civil society in regional development and integration process, the Caribbean Employers’ Confederation (CEC) conducted a workshop during the Regional Bipartite Forum held in Grenada from November 3-5, 2015. The purpose of the workshop was for members of the CEC to identify training needs. Two topics were identified for the first series of training workshops to be undertaken in each member country. These topics are:
The workshops on productivity improvements for SMEs will be implemented during the months of January to March 2017. The workshops will be held in all 15 CARIFORUM member countries. The aim of the workshops is to engage on practical information relating to productivity improvements for SMEs and where applicable share some of the ILO tools developed to improved productivity.
The scheduled workshop in Barbados marks the beginning of this regional initiative with topics to be discussed at the Forum including: Productivity and Competitiveness indicators, measurement, data requirements and data availability; measures to improve productivity at organizational levels inclusive of social dialogue; and the role of the education system in cultivating productivity. There will also be an introduction of ILO Productivity Tools i.e. SYMAPRO, SCORE and WISE and discussion on the way forward by way of policies and national strategies.
Minister of Labour, Social Security and Human Resource Development for Barbados, Sen. the Hon. Dr. Esther Byer-Sukoo is carded to speak at the Opening Ceremony, along with Ms. Vanessa Phala, Senior Specialist, Employers’ Activities, ILO; Mrs. Marguerite Estwick, President, Barbados Employers’ Confederation; Mr. Cedric Murrell, President, Congress of Trade Unions and Staff Association of Barbados; Mrs. Tony Moore, General Secretary, Barbados Workers’ Union; and Ms. Roslyn Smith, General Secretary, National Union of Public Workers.
Members of the media are invited to attend the Opening Ceremony, scheduled as follows:
Opening Ceremony: Friday, January 13th, 2017 8:45am – 9:30am; Accra Beach Resort, Christ Church, Barbados
For further information or to register your interest in covering the Opening Ceremony at the Forum, please contact:
Ms. Kara Sealy, Labour Management Advisor, Barbados Employers’ Confederation (BEC), firstname.lastname@example.org / (246) 435-4753
The Caribbean Employers’ Confederation (CEC) and the Caribbean Congress of Labour (CCL) are pleased and encouraged by the recommendations on social dialogue within the CARICOM and CSME processes coming out of the consultation convened by the CARICOM Secretariat on 19 September 2016. This consultation with the representatives of Government, workers’, and employers’ organizations built consensus to successfully produce recommendations on social protection and social dialogue.
Having examined five examples of regional social dialogue arrangements from Europe, Africa and Latin America, CEC and CCL affiliates along with representatives of Government agreed that social dialogue should be integrated into the existing CARICOM structures to allow the CCL and CEC representatives to participate in the ongoing discussions and shaping of policies of the Community and the Single Market Economy to contribute to regional social and economic development. The social partners further recommended that a regional mechanism should be created where national tripartite partners can engage so that national dialogue can filter upwards to the regional level to create substantive synergy on issues discussed to create greater and more meaningful impact.
The social partners also proposed that CEC and CCL representation at the Conference of Heads of Government be reinstated so that their perspectives, concerns and proposals can be presented directly to the Heads. The trade union representatives were particularly emphatic in their argument for this particular point.
Ms Jennifer Isaacs- Dotson, CCL 1st Vice President, concluded: “The trade unions are optimistic that the recognition of the CCL and the CEC will now be established so that they can make substantive contributions at all levels of the Community.”
The tripartite partners also proposed for the consideration of the Ministers of the Council of Human and Social Development (COHSOD) that the Council engage in a general discussion on social protection and that the CARICOM Secretariat partner with the ILO to develop a social Protection Strategy for CARICOM.
The CEC President, Wayne Chen said:
“If these recommendations are implemented then we would have experienced a quantum leap forward in our governance that will make the policymaking process more inclusive, efficient, and focused. The outcome should be an improved environment for investment, enterprise, and the creation of decent and sustainable jobs and economic opportunities.”
June 17, 2016
Uniting to Rebuild, reshape and reenergise T&T
The Employers’ Consultative Association (ECA) of Trinidad and Tobago wishes to extend warm greetings to all stakeholders in the Labour Movement and by extension, the nation of Trinidad and Tobago on the occasion of Labour Day. As a premier Employers Organisation, the ECA is heartened to see the strides that we have made as a country, despite numerous hurdles. The fact that we can engage in open celebrations to commemorate the struggles of our forefathers who fought to secure the rights and privileges that many of our workers enjoy today speaks volumes of the progress made thus far. Furthermore, this day allows us to reflect on and recognise the vast potential that this nation can aspire to when we unite as a people.
However, these celebrations are being held at a time in our country where the industrial relations climate can be described as adversarial and volatile, significantly compounded by the weight of continued economic uncertainty and obvious signs of deteriorating trust and mutual respect amongst social partners. This is indeed unfortunate.
Several years ago, the ECA would have articulated its position that extremism, in various forms, continue to stand as an obstacle to partners in the Tripartite Social Dialogue process, a system which the ECA believes can yield meaningful results. However, this requires a paradigm shift by all stakeholders to truly commit to moving beyond adversarial bargaining to a truly participatory and collaborative approach to solving the many problems that exist in this great nation. The time has come for all of us as leaders of institutions, civil society, leaders and citizens of our beloved nation to shift our focus from the short and medium term and look to the long term well-being of our society and nation, lest we risk leaving a system of chaos for our children and grandchildren. Let us rebuild the trust in our institutions, instil the moral and spiritual values that seemed to have evaded us and work together to build a path to long-term growth and sustainability. There is no time to lay blame as our window of opportunity is closing as surely as tomorrow will come.
The ECA believes that the best is yet to come and therefore stands ready to contribute in this regard with a commitment to working with all stakeholders to generate new ideas and fresh approaches rebuild, reshape and reenergise our reality. For according to Peter Drucker, a respected educator, writer and management expert.
“The greatest danger in times of turbulence is not the turbulence- it is to act with yesterday’s logic”.
President of the Caribbean Employers’ Confederation (CEC) Mr. Wayne Chen, received his official letter of appointment to the CARICOM Human Resource Development Commission on 12 May 2016. This is a major step for the CEC as the regional voice of employers, in ensuring that it is able to contribute to the formation of CARICOM’s social and economic policy development. The appointment of the CEC’s President to this Commission is in keeping with outcome one of the European Union (EU) Funded Project entitled, “Challenges for CARIFORUM Labour, Private Sector and Employers to fulfil their EPA” in which the CEC is currently involving in executing along with the Caribbean Congress of Labour and under the administrative and technical support of the International Labour Organization. Outcome one seeks to position the CEC and the CCL as recognized active social partners in the social and economic policy landscape of the region.
In March 2014, the CARICOM Heads of Government mandated the establishment of this Commission and determined that its purpose should be to shape a ‘Regional Education and Human Resource Development 2030 Strategy’. The Commission met for the first time in February 2015 and has since been working towards the development of a strategic plan to inform the actions of member states and institutions for the creation of a framework for the CARICOM education agenda.
The CEC represents employers’ organizations in 14 CARIFORUM states and 4 non-metropolitan territories in the region. As such, this appointment provides the opportunity for the CEC to ensure that employers’ contributions to policy are adequately represented. The CEC is adequately prepared to contribute to the goals of this Commission by way of having recently completed its own research into the education and skills needs of employers throughout the region. This research will be critical to the development of a framework that is built not only on consultation but a framework that is evidence based.
The CEC and its membership commends CARICOM for its active inclusion of social partners in this Commission and in other consultative processes and fora. We look forward to healthy exchanges and fruitful deliberations within this Commission and other arms of CARICOM.
* EU-funded project entitled “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.
The VSB held a special annual general meeting on April 28th in order to elect a new President and Vive-President for the next three years. Mr. Bryan Renten, Director of Fernandes Bottling Company Ltd and Mr. Wilfred Baldew of LeGrand Baldew Transportation Ltd were elected President and Vice-President. In his maiden speech Mr. Bryan Renten thanked the outgoing team of Ferdinand Welzijn and Antoine Issa for their contributions to the Association. The new President recognized the severity of the economic crisis in Suriname and stressed that the VSB will continue to impress on its social partners the need for continued social dialogue and tripartism in order to turn the tide and realize sustainable economic growth in Suriname.