Labour Minister Dr. Virginia Albert-Poyotte has lamented the Labour Department’s neglect while addressing the unit’s restructuring plans.
“”In my view, the Labour Department is a Department that has been neglected over the years,” the Babonneau MP stated.
She disclosed that a Labour Department audit conducted a few years ago could inform the unit’s restructuring.
“There was an audit that was done of the Department a few years ago and it actually revealed some very telling information that can be used to restructure the Labour Department,” the former trade unionist told reporters.
Albert-Poyotte also said a Department needs assessment has been done.
“We are pulling out the findings of the needs assessment and the management audit so we can prepare a clear action plan on how we move forward with the Department of Labour,” the Minister revealed.
She said the 2017 management audit had, among its recommendations, a strategic plan.
Albert-Poyotte, also responsible for the Public Service, wanted the Labour Department to be ‘up to speed’ with the International Labour Organization, recommendations, and conventions that the government must adhere to.
She believed many people do not understand the Department’s importance in productivity, development, and addressing workers’ issues.
In addition, the Minister told reporters that the government was reviewing the Labour Act.
She indicated that trade unions and employers had raised issues regarding some aspects of the legislation.