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Call for more timely collective bargaining

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

A recommendation that collective bargaining be done in a more timely fashion is among recommendations in a report of the Industrial Relations Advisement Committee which was submitted to Minister of Labour, Small and Micro Development Enterprises Errol McLeod yesterday. The report, which made 25 recommendations for changes within the sector and was accompanied by three background papers, was submitted by chairman of the Committee, Lennox Marcelle. The Committee included representatives from the trade union, academia, employers group and professional industrial relations practitioners.


Marcelle said the Committee was establishe, in February 2012 and the last time reports were even presented for changes in the sector was from a Committee which had met in the early 1990s and reported in 1996 and 2000. He said there were no direct changes in the labour relations sector for decades. Marcell said all 25 recommendations made were very important and the Committee wanted all of them to be addressed.


The Committee Chairman, who is also an attorney at law and industrial law and employment relations law specialist, said there should be no retroactivity in collective bargaining since no 2010 collective bargaining contract should be negotiated in 2013. He added that the issue of the tenure of judges at the Industrial Court also needs to be addressed. McLeod said one area that needed to be addressed was the Industrial Court, which he noted had served the country well but had not been perfect.


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