Barbados touts its commitment collective bargaining:

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International Labour Conference

The practice of collective bargaining is institutionalised within the industrial relations landscape of Barbados.

That's what the General Secretary of the Congress of Trade Unions and Staff Associations Dennis de Peiza told the 102nd International Labour Conference of the International Labour Organization in Genava.

He stressed that Barbados subscribed to principles of voluntarism which for all intents and purposes formed the bed rock for the practice of collective bargaining in both the public service and private sector.

Mr. De Peiza said while it was to be admitted that Barbados was yet to adopt two Conventions, freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining were embodied in Section 40 of the Trade Union Act of the laws of Barbados.

TAPE: Added to this, a grievance handling procedure is included in the Public Service Act 2007. And the newly proclaimed Employment Rights Act that relates to the private sector and statutory boards. Here, the role of the trade union is recognized, the post of collective bargaining is emphasized. The Director-General in his report to the opening session of this conference said the need for reform if the ILO is to be more relevant and effective. For this to be achieved, the ILO must be able to successfully wield its influence in getting member States to embrace and to observe standards and to implement policies set by the body. In assessing its effectiveness, the ILO has to re-examine its established policies of accountability for the purpose of satisfying the body that member States are putting t mechanisms in place to support and observe the fundamental principles of workers and the fundamental rights of workers. In this specific incidence, this applies to promotion of social dialogue and collective bargaining. It is for member States to revive a culture that allows for the existence of social dialogue and collective bargaining.

NAR: Mr. De Peiza, the General Secretary of the Congress of Trade Unions and Staff Associations of Barbados noted that their considered opinion was that the social dialogue and collective bargaining would more likely than not exist where a culture and climate of participatory democracy prevailed. He said the birth of the social partnership in Barbados, which dates back to 1991 had served to embrace and promote volunteerism, social dialogue and collective bargaining.

This is Donn Bobb reporting.

Duration: 2’16″

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