Press Release- CEC and BEC Commence National Workshops on Productivity

12 Jan

By: Gabrielle Johnson

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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:

  1. Business Continuity and Disaster Management
  2. Productivity Improvements for SME’s

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), / (246) 435-4753