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  Ministry staff paid a courtesy visit by the Hon. Minister of Labour and Small Enterprise Development


Staff members of the Ministry's Rio Claro and Siparia offices were happy to receive a courtesy visit from Sen. the Hon. Baptiste-Primus, Minister, Mrs. Jennifer Daniel, Permanent Secretary,and Mrs. Marcia McKellar, Deputy Permanent Secretary of the MLSED
 
  HASC signs Memorandum of Understanding with Employers' Consultative Association
 

The Ministry of Labour and Small Enterprise Development’s National HIV/AIDS Workplace Advocacy and Sustainability Centre (HASC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Employers’ Consultative Association (ECA). The MoU signing, which took place at the Ministry’s Head Office at the International Waterfront Centre, Wrightson Road, Port of Spain, signified the Ministry’s commitment to implementing the National Workplace Policy on HIV/AIDS in all workspaces in Trinidad and Tobago.

The MoU was signed by Ms. Joycelyn Francois Opadeyi of the ECA, with Deputy Permanent Secretary Mr. Dalkeith Ali signing on behalf of the Ministry of Labour and Small Enterprise Development.

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The Ministry of Labour and Small Enterprise Development (MLSED) has started conversations with its stakeholders
 

This consultative process will continue as the Ministry seeks to engage all its partners in exchanging vital discourse on areas related to the fulfillment of its mandate of promoting entrepreneurship and decent work for all.

Next on the Agenda are Consultations with the Trade Union movement to review and discuss the amendment of Labour Legislation.  Consultations on Contract Labour will follow and will bring together all social partners including members from the labour movement, business sector, acadamia, employers associations and key government bodies. This the Ministry has placed high prioritiy on as it strives to address the critical issues affecting the workforce of Trinidad and Tobago.

These Consultations will take place in both Trinidad and Tobago to ensure that the views of all its stakeholders are considered.

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  Labour Minister receives courtesy call from President of the Worldwide Ahmadiyya Muslim Community
 
Sen. the Hon. Baptiste-Primus is presented with Islamic Literature by Maulana Ibrahim Bin Yaqub - President of the Worldwide Ahmadiyya Muslim Community at a courtesy visit paid at the Ministry's Head Office.
  Minister Baptiste-Primus pledges her committment to developing the Friendly Societies movement.
 
"The Friendly Society Movement in Trinidad and Tobago faces many challenges - an ageing membership; competition from other financial institutions; outdated legislation and difficulty in attracting young members too. Brothers and sisters, the need for institutional strengthening of societies must be a priority for the sustainability of this Movement. As the Minister of Labour and Small Enterprise Development I am committed to strengthening and developing the Friendly Societies Movement."

 so said the Sen. the Hon. Baptiste-Primus at the Taakaful T&T Friendly Soceity Dinner in commemoration of its establishment since 1999.

Click here to view full speech by the Hon. Minister.

  Consulting with Tobago Co-operators!
 

The Ministry of Labour and Small Enterprise Development in partnership with the Division of Finance and Enterprise Development of the Tobago House of Assembly hosted a one day sectoral stakeholder consultation with members of the Co-operatives Movement.  This event was held at the Penthouse of the Victor E Bruce Complex in Tobago.

Critical areas for improvement within the sector were discussed, which were consistent with those expressed by stakeholders at the Consultation hosted in the Trinidad leg.  These areas focused mainly on the need for revisions to be made to the existing legislation and co-operatives policy in an effort to strengthen the movement. Tobago representatives also called for the decentralization of management to allow for sufficient representation to monitor, regulate and promote Tobago Co-operative Societies. 

This session proved to be beneficial for both Government and the Movement as parties were able to exchange meaningful ideas and suggestions on the critical areas toward the development of the sector.


  Sen. the Hon. Jennifer Baptiste-Primus pays a courtesy call on the Honourable Orville London, Chief Secretary of the Tobago House of Assembly


Senator the Honourable Jennifer Baptiste-Primus, Minister of Labour and Small Enterprise Development pays a courtesy call on the Honourable Orville London, Chief Secretary of the Tobago House of Assembly. Minister Baptiste-Primus was in Tobago on Friday January 29, 2016 for a stakeholder consultation on the Co-operative and Credit Union Sector. The consultation is geared towards developing a draft national policy for the edification of this critical sector in Trinidad and Tobago 
  Senate Meeting at Parliament on the Finance Bill 2016

Click here to view Sen. the Hon. Baptiste-Primus' contribution in Parliament on the Finance Bill 2016


 

Consultation with local Co-operative Sector

A long and productive two-day session.  This was the consensus of the Honourable Minister of Labour and Small Enterprise Development and the participants of the two-day consultation on the Credit Union Bill (2014) and the Co-operative Societies (Amendment) Bill (2014). This stakeholder consultation, which was hosted by the Ministry of Labour and Small Enterprise Development, was geared towards the development of a Draft National Policy on Co-operatives and a revised Co-operative Societies Act. 

Over the duration of the two days, presentations were made on a Legal Review of both Bills and the impact of new and revised legislation on the Co-operative Movement. There was a heavy focus on aspects of these Bills, which this Sector believes Government should amend. In addition to a comprehensive review of the legislation and policies, a new way forward was also presented. 

The three hundred participants were divided into working groups. These groups advanced suggestions on a wide range of topics to improve the operations and functions of their Sector. These topics included  the right for minors in membership to vote, who should regulate the sector,reporting lines for the Board and Directors and grounds for dismissals.

The consultation culminated with a commitment from both Government and the stakeholders of the Credit Union and Co-operative Societies to advance the contributions made by the participants and continue in meaningful dialogue towards the end of amending the legislation, which impacts this sector. 

 

Labour Minister meets with President of Consortium of Disability Organizations (CODO)


President of the Consortium of Disability Organizations in Trinidad (CODO) Bhawani Persad and representatives of the CODO met with Senator the Honourable Jennifer Baptiste-Primus at the Ministry’s Head Office on Friday 8 January, 2016.

At this meeting, Mr. Persad called for the Ministry of Labour and Small Enterprise Development (MLSED) to encourage the employment of disabled persons as many of them are fully capable of contributing to organizations yet they are undervalued. The employment of disabled persons he stated can lead to them being more productive, self sufficient and independent. However, employers ought to understand the importance of accessibility, technological support and coaching programmes in the workplace.

Minister Baptiste-Primus embraced the sentiments put forward by the organization further acknowledging the need for sensitization and training of employers to make the necessary provisions for the employment of disabled employees. In sync with the Ministry's decent work agenda, the Hon. Minister reaffirmed that the MLSED will continue its efforts to create decent work opportunities for all but also emphasized the need for a shift in the culture of our people to one of volunteerism for a more inclusive society.

The MLSED continues to collaborate with all its stakeholders to ensure that all workers are given an equal opportunity to decent employment opportunities in a safe, healthy and productive work environment.

  Prime Minister's Address to the Nation 

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Ms. Bonnie Alexis appointed to NEDCO Board


Senator the Honourable Jennifer Baptiste-Primus presented Ms. Bonnie Alexis with her instrument of appointment to the NEDCO Board at the Ministry’s 6th Floor Conference Room at Tower C, International Waterfront Centre, Port of Spain on Wednesday 30th December, 2015.  Ms. Alexis was out of the country when the Board was appointed three weeks ago.

 
 

Sen. the Hon. Minister Baptiste-Primus meets with AMCHAM.

Sen. the Hon. Minister Baptiste-Primus and Deputy Permanent Secretary Mrs. Marcia McKellar of the Ministry of Labour and Small Enterprise Development met with members of the American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) to discuss forging a mutually beneficial partnership between AMCHAM and the government. This meeting was held on December 17, 2015 at the Ministry's Head Office.


 
  Meeting with Joint Trade Union Movement and the National Trade Union Centre


Executive Members of the Joint Trade Union Movement (JTUM) and the National Trade Union Centre (NATUC) met with Sen. the Honourable Jennifer Baptiste-Primus at the Ministry's Head Office at separate meetings on December 15 and 16 respectively. These meetings were convened by the Hon. Minister to apprise union executives of our country's current economic situation which led to the delay in back pay to public officers until 2016.


 

 

Meeting with executive members of the  Steel Workers Union and Arcelor Mittal 


Senator the Hon. Jennifer Baptiste-Primus met individually with executive members of the Steel Workers Union and Arcelor Mittal on December 14, 2015 to discuss the recent lay off of hundreds of contract employees at the Arcelor Mittal Steel Company.

 
 

Minister Baptiste-Primus appoints NEDCO Board

A dedicated focus to nurture and develop the small business sector. That was the mandate given to the newly appointed National Entrepreneurship Development Company (NEDCO) board members by the Minister of Labour and Small Enterprise Development, Senator the Honourable Jennifer Baptiste Primus.

The Minister of Labour presented Instruments of Appointments to the Board members at the Ministry’s 6th Floor Conference Room at Tower C, International Waterfront Centre, Port of Spain on Wednesday 9th December, 2015.

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Please click names below to view respective resumes:

Ms. Cassandra Tommy-Dabreo
Ms. Ria Ramdeen
Mr. Mahindra Ramesh Ramdeen (Deputy Chairman)
Mr. Clary Benn (Chairman)
Ms. Marjorie Agnes Moore-Carrington
Mr. Nigel Bhagwatsaran
Ms. Kathleen Thomas
Ms. Bonnie Alexis
 

Commemorating World Aids Day 2015

As the Minister of Labour and Small Enterprise Development charged with the mandate of ensuring decent work opportunities for all, I join in solidarity with my fellow citizens and the international community in commemorating World Aids Day 2015.

I take pride in acknowledging that the National Workplace Advocacy and Sustainability Centre (HASC) of the Ministry, has been making significant strides in mitigating the negative impact of HIV/AIDS in the workplace through various initiatives all geared towards the set goal of zero tolerance approach to workplace HIV/AIDS discrimination.

Click here for the World Aids Day Message by the Hon. Minister. 

 
 

ILO and Cipriani College of Labour and          Co-operative Studies update collaboration

The International Labour Organisation (ILO) has extended its collaboration with the Cipriani College of Labour and Co-operative Studies (CCLCS) for a further three-year period.

Last week, the ILO renewed its agreement with the College, which includes a commitment to the ILO Library housed at the CCLCS, to provide assistance with the College's academic programmes, and guest lectures.

The agreement was signed on 1 December 2015, by Claudia  Coenjaerts, Director of the ILO Decent Work Team and Office for the Caribbean and Dr Denise-Margaret Thompson, Director, Cipriani College of Labour and Co-operative Studies.

The collaboration first began in 2000 when the ILO Library collection was donated to the College, and it became an official ILO depository library.

Both Directors are keen to strengthen links between CCLCS and the training arm of the ILO's International Training Centre based in Turin, Italy, which runs training, learning and capacity development services for governments, employers, workers and other national and international partners in support of Decent Work and sustainable development.

 

 

Minister Baptiste-Primus attends the Annual Review Meeting of the Commonwealth Caribbean Seasonal Agricultural Workers’ Programme

Every November an Annual Review Meeting is hosted to address key issues relative to the operations of the Farm Programme officially named the Commonwealth Caribbean Seasonal Agricultural Workers' Programme. Trinidad and Tobago is among several Caribbean countries which signed an Agreement with the Canadian Government to provide seasonal employment for workers in the field of Agriculture. At the review meeting this year hosed in St Vincent and the Grenadines, Minister Baptiste-Primus in her address to the representing countries exclaimed that “as we embark on discussions, let us be mindful of the sustainable development goals which are inclusive of full and productive employment and decent work for all”

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  Minister Baptiste-Primus meets with the Joint Trade Union Movement (JTUM) for their first quarterly meeting

Members of the Joint Trade Union Movement (JTUM) led by President Ancel Roget assembled at the Ministry of 
Labour and Small Enterprise Development’s Head Office for their first quarterly meeting with Senator the Honourable Jennifer Baptiste-Primus on October 23, 2015. 
 
This is the first of the quarterly meetings, which were mutually agreed to by Minister Baptiste-Primus and the JTUM at the initial meeting in September 2015. Several areas of concern currently affecting the workforce of Trinidad and Tobago were raised by the fifteen (15) union representatives in attendance with outstanding wage negotiations heading the list.
 
At the meeting Minister Baptiste-Primus announced a two-day Stakeholder Consultation scheduled for February 2016 to review the labour legislation  and chart the way forward for labour in Trinidad and Tobago.
 
Minister Baptiste-Primus continues on her trend of continuous dialogue and consultation with all stakeholders with a vested interest in the protection of workers rights and ensuring decent work for all.



 

Sen. the Hon. Baptiste-Primus embraces the launch of Visa Debit Card by Tranquillity Credit Union Co-operative Society.

In the face of global financial challenges and companies not having the financial resources, increasing efficiency is one way in which many companies are differentiating their service offerings to their customers and staying afloat when many others are crumbling at the feet of change and this is even more relevant with the implementation of modern technology"

 

Click here for the full address delivered by the Hon. Minister.

Israeli Ambassador pays courtesy call on Sen. the Hon. Jennifer Baptiste-Primus

On November 16, Israeli Ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago, His Excellency Mordehai Amihai-Bivas paid a courtesy visit to Minister Baptiste-Primus to share information on Micro and Small Enterprise (MSE) initiatives, including incubators, pursued by the Government of Israel.

Sen. the Hon. Jennifer Baptiste Primus pays a courtesy call on Director General of ILO

On November 5, 2015, Senator the Honourable Jennifer Baptiste Primus, Minister of Labour and Small Enterprise Development, paid a courtesy call on Mr Guy Ryder, Director General of the International Labour Organisation. The meeting was held on the margins of the 325th Session of the Governing Body of the ILO. The Honourable Minister reaffirmed the commitment of Trinidad and Tobago to the ILO and engaged in discussions on areas of continued technical support for Trinidad and Tobago, in particular for a National Tripartite Conference on Labour Issues proposed to be held in 2016.


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Looking for a job opportunity in Agriculture? 

'FARM PROGRAMME' INTERVIEWS

Trinidad and Tobago nationals are invited to attend an interview from 9:00am for seasonal employment on Farms in Canada. Attached is the schedule with the various demographic locations and respective dates where these interviews will be conducted.

Quick Facts about the Farm Programme:

TO QUALIFY YOU MUST:
Be a citizen of Trinidad and Tobago
Be between the ages of 21 to 45 years
Have experience and or training in agriculture
Be physically fit with the ability to work hard in conditions which require bending and stooping for long periods
Pass thorough medical and security checks
Be willing to work in extremely hot and or cold conditions

WHAT'S IN IT FOR YOU?
Saving Benefits
Canadian Employment Benefits
Exposure to modern farming processes

For more information contact the Farm Programme Unit at 299-0300 ext 2029 or 2030.

View our youtube channel to hear from Farm workers who have worked on farms in Canada and more at the links below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bZl8NK4aUNI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBXdXfFGy9s&list=PLAUP-gX-6WEcTq69C0tki5BQuHyWsCy3R&index=2

 

Young co-operators awarded for their performance in the JCEP business programme!

The Ministry of Labour and Small Enterprise Development, ( MLSED) facilitated by its Co-operative Development Division hosted the first Annual Junior Co-operative Enterprise Programme (JCEP)Awards Ceremony and Dinner at Hyatt Regency. 

The JCEP business programme was launched in eleven Secondary Schools and exposed fourth form students to the fundamentals of business, mainly through a practical project involving the formation, operation and management of their actual business enterprise. 

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To view the photos of this event click here.

To read the greetings of Sen. the Hon. Jennifer Baptiste-Primus click here.

To view pre-recorded message by the Hon. Minister Baptiste-Primus click here

 

Minister Baptiste-Primus attends 325th Session of the Governing Body

Trinidad and Tobago is serving its second consecutive term (2014-2017) on the Governing Body (GB) and holds one of five regular seats allocated to the Group of Latin America and the Caribbean (GRULAC) region. The Governing Body is the executive arm of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) comprised of government, employers and workers representatives which sets the policy and the agenda for the work of the ILO as well as reviews and assesses them. Trinidad and Tobago will continue to advocate for national and regional interests such as training in areas pertinent to small-island states and other labour-related issues.                   

Minister Baptiste-Primus, accompanied by the Head of the International Affairs Unit, will contribute to discussions that will offer valuable insights to the work of the Ministry including development of policies and programmes relating to labour inspection, labour migration, sustainable development and micro and small enterprises (MSEs), in fulfilment of its decent work objectives.

View the following statements delivered by Hon. Minister Jennifer Baptiste-Primus in the links below:

 Statement of Trinidad and Tobago on POL 6 - ILO Development Co-operation Strategy 2015 2017

Statement of Trinidad and Tobago on PFA6 - Discussions on High Level Evaluations

Statement of Trinidad and Tobago on Legal and Institutional Issues 1 

 

WVCT@WORK Campaign 2015 – Your Health, Your Workplace, A Healthy Partnership

The Ministry of Labour and Small Enterprise Development through the efforts of the National HIV/AIDS Workplace Advocacy and Sustainability Centre (HASC) continues to engage companies in its WVCT@WORK Campaign.

As the HASC seeks to reach its target of 5,000 workers knowing their HIV status by December 2015, the HASC has already provided sensitization, HIV testing and basic screening of non-communicable diseases to companies that have actively committed to participate in the campaign.

To date, the HASC has engaged companies in both the private and public sectors and plans are currently underway to engage the self- employed, domestic workers and small business owners. As the HASC seeks to reduce HIV-related sigma and discrimination in the workplace through this Campaign, it encourages all workers to get tested and know your HIV STATUS!

For more information on this initiative and or the work of the HASC call 299-0300 ext 2010 or 2014.

 
 

Tobago participates in National Consultation for the Review of the HIV/AIDS Workplace Policy.

The Ministry of Labour and Small Enterprise Development (MLSED), through the efforts of the National HIV/AIDS Workplace Advocacy and Sustainability Centre (HASC) facilitated the final public consultation for the review of the National Workplace Policy on HIV and AIDS at the Coco Reef Hotel, Crown Point Tobago on October 20, 2015. 

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http://molsmed.gov.tt/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=4rTIztekwVE%3d&tabid=75&mid=1064 
 

Social values needed for a better society - Senator the Hon. Jennifer Baptiste-Primus exclaims 

"Religious institutions play a pivotal role in shaping the lives of people in our society". So said Senator the Hon. Jennifer Baptiste-Primus, at the Annual Convention of the Worldwide Ahmadiyya Muslim Community held at Polo Grounds in Preysal Village. 

The Ahmadiyyan movement, Minister Baptiste-Primus noted is one among many religious institutions which instil the much needed values to strengthen our communities as it advocates for social peace, harmony and brotherhood, key tenets which can help minimize the social scourges we face today. 

To view the greetings delivered by Minister Baptise-Primus at this event visit our website at:

http://molsmed.gov.tt/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=jHdUlBj55AQ%3d&tabid=75&mid=1064

 
 

Celebrating Credit Unions in T&T!

"As we join the global community in celebrating International Credit Union Day, we recognize you. You are the people, who make today possible. You are the people who set the benchmark. You aim for outstanding performance and strive for excellence in this sector by creating an environment for those in your charge to meet your mandate."
Senator the Hon. Jennifer Bapiste-Primus emphasized at the Co-operative Credit Union League of Trinidad and Tobago’s Annual Awards Ceremony & Dinner at Signature Hall Chaguanas. 

Credit Unions were also urged by Minister Baptiste-Primus to equip their staff with the requisite training and development to bridge performance gaps which is required to better serve the public and engender the trust and confidence in the Co-operative Movement. 

Senator the Hon. Jennifer Baptiste-Primus brought greetings at both the Interfaith Service and the Awards & Dinner hosted by the Co-operative Credit Union League of Trinidad and Tobago.

 

Visit the Ministry's website at the following link to read these greetings: 

http://molsmed.gov.tt/Media/Speeches/tabid/75/Default.aspx

 
 

TUCO to strengthen ties with NEDCO 

Senator the Honourable Jennifer Baptiste-Primus and other officials of the Ministry of Labour and Small Enterprise Development meet with Lutalo Masimba President of TUCO, Karega Mandela, Public Relations Officer and  Anne Marie Parks Kojo,Trustee of TUCO. 

In 2013 TUCO signed an Agreement with NEDCO to act as the guarantor for its members to access short term loans from NEDCO. At the meeting TUCO advanced a proposal to increase the flexibility of the current loan facility, in addition to providing business training for its members geared towards developing the entrepreneurial capacity of Calypsonians.

 Minister Baptiste-Primus welcomed TUCO’s proposals articulating that NEDCO plays a pivotal role in the diversification of our economy and that TUCO has been exercising its social responsibility toward its membership in its efforts to develop an entrepreneurial culture amongst Calypsonians.

 
  Labour Minister
meets with National Trade Union Centre (NATUC)


Mr. Michael Annisette, General Secretary of the National Trade Union Centre (NATUC) and other reprsentatives from NATUC paid the Honourable Minister a visit at the Ministry's Head Office to discuss issues of critical importance to the trade union.

High on the agenda was the outstanding negotiations within the public sector dating back from 2008.

Other areas discussed included the trade union's representation on government/state boards, the monetary allocation to NATUC recently announced in the National 2015 budget, the continuation of the tripartite mechanism or collaborative approach to developing labour relations and the amendment of the Industrial Relations Act. 

A commitment was made by both Labour Minister and the NATUC to meet on a quarterly basis to discuss all matters put forward and all other labour related matters to arise in the future.

 
 

Labour Minister receives courtesy call from ILO

Claudia Coenjaerts,Director of the ILO Decent Work Team and Office for the Caribbean paid a courtesy visit to Senator the Honourable Jennifer Baptiste-Primus, Minister of Labour and Small Enterprise Development at the Ministry's head office, on October 08, 2015.

 

 
 

Labour Minister meets with Trinidad and Tobago Registered Nurses Association 

Minister of Labour and Small Enterprise Development, Senator the Honourable Jennifer Baptiste-Primus met with President of the Trinidad and Tobago Registered Nurses Association (TTRNA), Ms. Gwendolyn Lobbie-Snaggs and representatives of the TTRNA, Tuesday, October 07, 2015 at the Ministry’s Head Office.


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Representatives of the ECA pay a Courtesy Call to the Minister of Labour and Small Enterprise Development

Members of the executive committee of the Employers’ Consultative Association (ECA) led by acting Chairman, Neil Derrick paid a courtesy call on the new Minister of Labour and Small Enterprise Development, Senator the Honourable Jennifer Baptiste-Primus at the Ministry’s Head Office on Tuesday, October 6, 2015.


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Minister Jennifer Baptiste-Primus
meets with the Joint Trade Union Movement (JTUM)

Newly appointed and first female Minister of Labour and Small Enterprise Development, Senator the Honourable Jennifer Baptiste-Primus met with Leader Ancel Roget and other representatives of the Joint Trade Union Movement today at the Ministry's Head Office.

The meeting was convened by Minister Baptiste-Primus to discuss Government's policy on labour legislation and other proposals.

Trade union representatives took the opportunity to apprise Minister Baptiste-Primus of several labour related matters which they believe requires the Ministry's attention and will assist in charting the way forward for labour in Trinidad and Tobago.
 

Looking for a job opportunity in the field of Agriculture? 

The Commonwealth Caribbean Seasonal Agricultural Workers Programme also known as the Farm Programme is recruiting suitable persons to work on farms in Canada.This is an Agricultural based programme that provides seasonal employment for residents of Trinidad and Tobago and not only involves apple picking but also reaping, packaging processing and storing of vegetable/fruit crops and flowers as well as rearing of pigs.

It is to be noted that interested persons must have experience or training in Agriculture.

Application details are enclosed in the Advertisement attached.

For more information contact the Farm Programme Unit at 299-0300 ext 2029 or 2030.

Click here for the application form

 


National Consultation on Workplace Policy on 

HIV and AIDS


 You are invited to share your thoughts on HIV/AIDS as a workplace issue at the Revision of the National Workplace Policy on HIV/AIDS.


Come Listen....Share.....Speak up....as we move toward a discrimination free workplace!

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The National Workplace Policy on HIV and AIDS

 

The National Workplace Policy on HIV and AIDS contributes to ongoing national efforts to decrease the spread of HIV and AIDS and to mitigate its impact.
It does so by setting standards for managing HIV in the workplace, and promoting structures and programmes to reduce discrimination.

The HIV/AIDS Workplace Advocacy Sustainability Centre (HASC) of the Ministry of Labour and Small Enterprise Development collaborates with employers, workers and representatives of private and public sectors as well as the informal economy to develop and implement policies and programmes to address HIV/AIDS in the workplace.

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Launch of the Domestic Workers Register Campaign

The Ministry of Labour and Small Enterprise Development joins with the International Labour Organization (ILO) in commemorating the 4th anniversary of the adoption of the Domestic Workers Convention (No. 189).

 In June 2015, the Ministry launched its Domestic Workers Register campaign designed to increase awareness about the rights of domestic workers, the responsibilities of their employers and to encourage them to sign up with the Register.

The Register was established to assist the Ministry in gathering demographic information about both domestic employees and their employers;to provide protection for domestic workers and to encourage employers to comply with the labour laws of Trinidad and Tobago.

 Domestic workers play a vital role in many households.  They clean, cook,iron our clothes, look after our gardens or care for our children, even our elderly parents.

Creating a decent work environment for domestic workers means that each of us has to play our part.

 

We can start taking one step at a time:




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Increase of the National Minimum Wage of Trinidad and Tobago


On January 1, 2015, the National Minimum Wage of Trinidad and Tobago was increased from $12.50 per hour to $15.00 per hour.

This means no worker should be paid less than $15.00 per hour.

In June 2015, the Ministry of Labour and Small Enterprise Development launched a nationwide sensitization campaign to raise awareness amongst workers and employers on the increase in the national minimum wage and the related benefits and entitlements.

To view the advertisements of this campaign log on to our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/molsmedtt or visit our YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/minoflabour


The National Enterprise Investment Fund (EIF)


The Enterprise Investment Fund is a programme of the Ministry of Labour and Small Enterprise Development (MOLSED) that provides funding to well structured, innovative business support programmes targeting the Small Enterprise and Co-operatives (SEC) Sectors. 

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