Permanent Secretary in the Department of Labour, Darryl Montroupe, has called for the restructuring of the department in a manner that reflects an evolving labour environment.
Mr. Montroupe’s comments came during a brief presentation at the opening of a two-day legislative review of Saint Lucia’s Labour Code.
“You [who] are gathered here today must advocate for the creation of a more modern Labour Department with adequate resources to enable it to contribute to national development through a proactive program of advisory services designed to promote entrepreneurship and national agreements,” he said.
He argued that it is necessary for there to be frequent reviews of the provisions in the labour code, in order to avoid them becoming obsolete.
“We should all be mindful of the intensification of global competition, the increasing financial volatility, and the acceleration of the digital revolution,” he said. “All have implications for people’s working conditions and their rights. Consequently, this is a challenge and an opportunity for us to revize, rationalize, and where necessary introduce new standards into our labour code, thus facilitating the effective conduct of labour relations.”
The recent legislative review of Saint Lucia’s Labour Code was organized by the Department of Labour in collaboration with the International Labour Organization.
The two-day legislative review commenced on March 21.