Caribbean employers’ and workers’ organizations to meet in Grenada
A regional bipartite meeting providing an opportunity to develop and build on the structures of the International Labour Organization (ILO) gets underway here on November 3.
The three-day meeting is being organized by the ILO in collaboration with the Caribbean Employers’ Confederation (CEC) and the Caribbean Congress of Labour (CCL).
It follows a series of national workshops which were held between July and October this year in 14 Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries including St Lucia; Grenada; Dominica; Antigua and Barbuda; Haiti; Jamaica; Belize and the Bahamas.
“These national workshops determined joint points of action to formalize and institutionalize national social dialogue, and identified priority areas of concern. At the regional meeting each member State will report back on the actions agreed at the national workshops. Representatives from Caribbean employers’ and workers’ organizations will also develop positions on social and economic issues to be furthered at the regional level,” the Trinidad-based ILO Caribbean Office said in a statement.
It said the meetings form part of a three-year project funded by the European Union (EU) and executed by the ILO, which seeks to build capacity of Caribbean regional employers’ and workers’ organizations so that they can make substantive contributions to policy-setting aimed at regional development and the integration process, and thus fulfil their obligations under the Social Aspects Chapter of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA).
“The project is also an opportunity to develop and build on the ILO structures that are so critical to bring about sustainable policies, programmes and strategies needed to implement the Decent Work Agenda and fulfil CARIFORUM’s commitment to good governance and the implementation of the EPA.” Said Claudia Coenjaerts, Director, ILO Decent Work Team and Office for the Caribbean.
“In order to build and deliver a coherent programme of ILO support in any country, it must be based on and owned by all three of our constituents, the Government, the workers and employers… Tripartism is the ILO’s fundamental strength and it allows us to bring together many experiences and perspectives,” she added.