Friday 18th May, 2018 –The Governor General’s Deputy and noted Attorney at Law, Sir Clare Roberts is meeting with stakeholders in St. Kitts and Nevis as that island prepares to reform labour administration.
Sir Clare arrived on May 15 and got straight to work meeting with government officials and representatives of the various unions according to the St. Kitts and Nevis Observer.
Sir Clare said: “At this stage, it means that our agenda is well underway to become a reality in terms of [establishing] a new labour code,” he stated, adding that numerous consultations have been held with members of the National Tripartite Committee and other partners. “Over the past 12 or so months, we have advanced our discussions, moved the agenda forward, and it has resulted in a decision to have this consultant.”
The International Labour Organization (ILO) is funding Sir Clare’s consultancy, which is expected to last for three months. He will examine 15 pieces of existing legislation with the associated Statutory Rules and Orders such as the Recruitment of Workers Act, Accident and Occupational Diseases Act, Apprenticeship and Tradespersons Qualification Act, Labour (Minimum Wage) Act, Protection of Employment Act, Trade Unions Act, Equal Pay Act and the Government Auxiliary Employees Act, among others. The revision and consolidation of these laws will conform to international standards.
Sir Clare is expected to complete his work in August 2018. Labour officials expect to submit a draft of the new labour code to the Cabinet for consideration in October 2018.