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Tuesday, October 17, 2006 

Consensus-Building in the Caribbean re Issues in Compliance and Labor Standards
The maintenance and harmonization of stable labor relations is a necessary factor as the expansion of market economy systems call for adaptations in laws and regulations to adjust labor contracts, and coordination mechanisms for labor standards, labor protection and labor handling dispute systems. These pre-requisites translate the needs to guarantee lawful rights, and on the same token to work toward the promotion and strengthening of economic and social development.
As an ongoing process it does require broad consultations with all stakeholders and civil society as means to extract the best values and formulations in the implementation of labor standards.

And in this regard, a Tripartite Employment Forum that was set up by the ILO (International Labour Organization), with the participation of major regional governments in the Caribbean came to conclusions about the relevance and effectiveness of improved compliance for domestic labor laws and regulations (see here).
A whole approach that has been underlining the need to facilitate economic growth and development for the region through improved social protection and dialogue, as strongly emphasized by various resolutions taken by the Caricom Council for Human and Social Development (COHSOD).

Caribbean delegates focused on the monitoring and enforcement of existing regulations since it was generally agreed that, in most countries, there had already been attempts to bring legislation in line with accepted principles contained in ratified ILO conventions.

But Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry, Director of the International Standards Department of the ILO, reminded participating countries they also needed to ensure all outstanding conventions awaiting ratification are signed on to and applied.


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