ILO in the Caribbean
ILO in the Caribbean
The ILO Office for the Caribbean was established in 1969 and is based in Trinidad and Tobago. It serves 13 member States and 9 non-metropolitan territories of the English- and Dutch-speaking Caribbean as follows:
Member States: Antigua and Barbuda; Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago
Non-metropolitan territories: Anguilla, Aruba, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Curacao, Montserrat, Sint Maarten, Turks and Caicos Islands.
Utilizing the ILO's tripartite structure, the Office works in close collaboration with governments, employers' and workers' organizations to promote decent work for all through technical guidance and cooperation.
The concept of decent work is built on four strategic pillars: the promotion of rights at work, employment opportunities, social protection and social dialogue. The Decent Work Agenda supports integrated development strategies that link rights at work and social dialogue with employment policies and social protection. The Office works with the constituents at the national level to implement the Decent Work Agenda through Decent Work Country Programmes.
The ILO Office for the Caribbean provides advocacy, technical guidance, training and technical cooperation on policy and technical issues related to labour and employment, to the tripartite constituents. Technical support for the programmes and activities of the ILO Office for the Caribbean is provided by its own team of specialists in the fields of:
Employment and Labour Market Policy
Enterprise Development and Job Creation
HIV/AIDS and the world of work
International Labour Standards and Labour Law
Labour Administration and Social Dialogue
Occupational Safety and Health
Skills and Employability
The Office receives technical support from experts at ILO's Headquarters, the International Training Centre of the ILO (ITCILO) , Turin, Italy and the Inter-American Centre for Knowledge Development in Vocational Training (CINTERFOR) as required.
Brief History of the ILO in the Caribbean
The ILO Decent Work Team and Office for the Caribbean was established in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, on 20 October 1969. Located at 19 Keate Street, Port of Spain, the office was officially known as the International Labour Office for the Caribbean Area and had a staff of six persons. The founding members of staff were:
Cedric Matthews, Director
Hans Langen, Deputy Director Lucille Duprey - Senior Secretary to the Director Valerie Guerra - Secretary to the Deputy Director Grace Walker - Administrative Assistant Ralph Roopchand - Driver/Messenger The Office was relocated to 11 St. Clair Avenue, Port of Spain on 1 October 1985. With the large-scale development of technical cooperation activities under ILO's Director-General Francis Blanchard...