Overseas programme hits a snag
Barbados’ Overseas Employment Programme has hit a snag following the recent decision by the Canadian Government to temporarily suspend work permits and Labour Market Opinions (LMO).
The LMO facilitated the participation of hospitality and other workers in the Canadian Temporary Foreign Workers’ Programme.
Minister of Labour Senator Dr Esther Byer-Suckoo said while the action had not affected the Canadian Farm Labour Programme, it was impeding the supply of Barbadian hotel workers to two Canadian hotels – the Taboo Resort and Spa and the J W Marriott.
“The Government of Barbados, as we speak, is lobbying the Government of Canada in order to have this moratorium lifted so that our hotel workers can hopefully be able to participate in the Low-Skilled Programme in time for the annual recruitment drive later this year,” she said.
“We are hopeful that the recruiters will be able to re-activate their annual visits so that we can have our workers participating in the hospitality programme this winter season.”
The minister was speaking during the opening ceremony of the Barbados Workers’ Union’s 73rd Annual Delegates’ Conference where she also announced that consultations would soon start on the Employment Rights Act, which was proclaimed last year.
“We have realised that there are some challenges with the interpretation of some parts of it. With any legislation, there is a need at times to revisit that legislation in order to correct any deficiencies or to include certain provisions in order to ensure that the letter of the law reflects the spirit of the law,” she noted.
“These only tend to come to the fore after the law is put into effect and such is the case now. The ministry will therefore be inviting submissions and then consultations on any amendments deemed necessary to the Employment Right’s Act.”