Minister of Labour, Dr Esther Byer-Suckoo has given assurances that her ministry will enforce existing laws and develop legislation to support Government’s move towards social equality and improved working conditions.
Dr Byer-Suckoo was addressing the opening of the 11th Biennial Delegates’ conference of the Congress of Trade Unions and Staff Associations of Barbados (CTUSAB) on Thursday night.
“The Ministry… will promote social equality and justice through the application of our labour laws, such as the Employment Rights Act and the development of other important laws such as the Sexual Harassment Act.
“We will also promote social equality and justice in all the cases before the Labour Department and the scores of cases before the Employment Rights Tribunal,” she said.
The Minister also hailed CTUSAB’s input in a number of issues relating to workers’ well-being, including the promotion of social equality and decent labour conditions for all workers, combating discrimination, championing the cause for decent work, among others.
“There are issues on the agenda of our Social Partnership and our subcommittee for us not only to discuss or continue discussing, but to solve.
“We are dealing with efficiency, facilitation, productivity, health and wellness, environmental issues, including the green economy and clean up campaigns, employment, especially employment of youth and disabled persons,” she stated.
This year’s conference commemorated CTUSAB’s 21st year as the umbrella body for trade unions in Barbados, as well as recognised its role and accomplishments in the social and economic development of the island.