A review of Grenada’s Labour Code is high on the agenda for the activities planned for Labour Month in the country.
September 25 has been set aside as the date set down to review the Labour code, which has been in existence since 1999.
Speaking to reporters at a press conference, Labour Commissioner, Cyrus Griffith said over the years there have been many complaints about certain aspects of the code.
“The Labour Advisory board is the body under the act that is responsible for reviewing the Code from time to time, however the act further suggests that at least once per quarter there should be a meeting of the Labour Advisory board and we had several meetings regarding the code revision”, he remarked.
According to Griffith Canada has expressed an interest in helping Grenada conduct a review of the Code.
“…We are now in partnership with the Canadian High Commission and they have suggested to us that they are prepared to offer some assistance regarding the funding for reviewing the Labour Code, hence the reason we have it here and we are prepared to do it on the 25th of September,” he said.
He disclosed that the Consultant was expected in the country around the middle of September to hold several meetings with stakeholders regarding the code and to get from them suggestions about areas where amendments can be made.
Stating that law is dynamic and there is always room for improving on laws and reviewing of laws and reviewing of legislation, Griffith said that over the years there have been serious complaints from employers, trade unions and others about various aspects of the code.
Griffith referred specifically to Section 66 (1) of the Code that is not going down too well with the trade unions on the island.
The Technical & Allied Workers Union (TAWU) has complained that the Management of the Grenada Breweries Ltd used the section to keep workers off the job although the month long strike had ended.
This particular section does not set a particular timeframe for employers to allow workers back on their premises at the end of strike action.
According to Griffith this section is a “burning issue for sometime” with the labour unions and they have been pressing for it to be amended.
He said the employers would want the section to remain in tact but indicated that there will be discussions on the issue “and hopefully at the end of the day we would have a document that the parties would agree to”.
As part of Labour Month, some of the planned activities include
The distribution of pamphlets on labour issues, as well as school visits by officials of the Ministry of Labour, inspection of business places, as well as a health walk and health fair.
Labour Month is being celebrated in Grenada under the theme, “Your one stop partnership link connecting the employer to the employee.”