Minister Baptiste Primus and delegation attend 107th International Labour Conference 2018

Senator the Honourable Jennifer Baptiste-Primus, Minister of Labour and Small Enterprise Development (Centre) is joined by Ms. Marslyn Melville-Jack, Secretary, Division of Community Development, Enterprise Development and Labour of the Tobago House of Assembly (left) and Her Excellency Makeda Antoine-Cambridge, Permanent Representative of Trinidad and Tobago to the United Nations, Geneva (right)

Senator the Honourable Jennifer Baptiste Primus, Minister of Labour and Small Enterprise Development is leading the Trinidad and Tobago delegation from June 4 to 8, 2018 at the 107th International Labour Conference, in Geneva, Switzerland. This Conference, held annually, convenes to discuss varying labour issues and standards that should be adopted by Member States of the International Labour Organisation (ILO).

This year, the agenda items include discussions on technical labour related issues inclusive of topics such as violence and harassment against women and men in the world of work which is timely as the Ministry has recently drafted its National Workplace Policy on Sexual Harassment. Representation of Trinidad and Tobago at the Conference will strengthen the capacity of the Ministry of Labour and Small Enterprise Development to pursue the objectives of the National Development Policy of the Government of Trinidad and Tobago, with particular reference to the promotion of decent work, sustainable development and upholding the commitments of the ILO Decent Work Agenda.

Trinidad and Tobago serves to benefit greatly from the conclusions and guidelines of the Conference, as these outcomes can strengthen the platform for achieving targets related to improving decent work. Participation in the Conference will also enhance the profile of Trinidad and Tobago as an active participant in the international effort to place people at the centre of development.
The International Labour Conference (ILC) is a highly recognised international forum which brings together approximately five thousand (5,000) representatives of Government, Employers and Workers of ILO Member States in the only United Nations tripartite forum to discuss labour issues of international importance and to negotiate Conventions and Recommendations which establish international labour standards.

The Trinidad and Tobago Delegation also includes Marslyn Melville-Jack, Secretary, Division of Community Development, Enterprise Development and Labour of the Tobago House of Assembly, supported by Ambassador Makeda Antoine-Cambridge, Permanent Representative of Trinidad and Tobago to the United Nations, Geneva and by Mr. Garvin Pettier, Counsellor at the Permanent Mission of Trinidad and Tobago to the United Nations, Geneva, Mr. Keston Nancoo, Chairman of the Employers’ Consultative Association of Trinidad and Tobago (ECA) and Mr. Michael Annisette, General Secretary of the National Trade Union Center of Trinidad and Tobago (NATUC). All representatives are in accordance with the Constitution of the ILO where there must be representation from employers’ and workers’ organisations.

In Minister Baptiste Primus’ absence, Senator the Honourable Clarence Rambahrat will act as Minister of Labour and Small Enterprise Development.

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