Minister for Infrastructure, Ports, Energy and Labour, Stephenson King, has told workers and employers here that the Department of Labour will work hard to ensure that their rights are respected.
“On my own behalf, I give you, the workers and employers of this country, the assurance, that my team at the Department of Labour will work assiduously to ensure that your rights, entitlements and safe-guards, guaranteed within the Labour Act, are respected and implemented, both at the work-place, and in the country generally,” King said in an address to mark Labour Day.
Labour Day is being observed under the theme “Uniting Workers for Social and Economic Advancement”.
King described the theme as being rich in meaning, relevance and significance.
According to the former Prime Minister, it reinforces the absolute mandate of the labour movement throughout the World.
“It gives value to the advancements attained by trade unions and labour organisations and underscores the need to strengthen our resolve for social justice,” he declared.
The labour minister noted that it is all too common for society to treat as being of ordinary value, the contributions of workers and the strides made by trade unions and Labour organisations in strengthening laws and elevating the social and economic standards of workers.
” These achievements have certainly contributed to the overall national development of our Country. Landmark decisions and legislative changes are the bountiful harvest of the sweat, tears and even blood of our forefathers in the labour movement,” King observed.
He disclosed that this year, the Labour Department will be working on a number of initiatives.
These include concluding the review of the Labour Code, in preparation for consideration by the Parliament and the ‘full development’ of the Labour Market Information System, to facilitate the role of the Department of Labour as a provider of information on the labour market.