Labor organization hosts information session

POSTED: 07/10/13 12:59 PM

St. Maarten – The Windward Islands Chamber of Labor Unions (Wiclu) yesterday participated in tripartite discussions along with the business community and government as the International Labor Organization (ILO) made a presentation on the implementation of the Labor Market Information System (LMIS). The global body through its regional office in Trinidad and Tobago sent two representatives; facilitator Reynold Simmons and software developer Kerwin Roach, here to conduct the seminar on Tuesday afternoon.

In December, the ILO Regional Office in collaboration with the Labor Affairs Department hosted a three day information session. Those discussions were fruitful, laying to the return of the agency to these shores to guide stakeholders in the implementation of the system.

First Vice President of Wiclu Claire Elshot hailed this most recent news as a positive step in the right direction.

“I think it is very important so that we can stress that we are also getting that type of technical assistance from the ILO Regional Office,” Elshot said ahead of the meeting yesterday.

According to the ILO, as globalization, free trade and regional integration advance, there is an increased demand for readily available labor market information.  Labor, but particularly income and employment indicators are critical in analyzing economic and social progress at both the macro and the micro levels. Without these, no meaningful assessment of development performance is complete. Therefore, it is critical for each country to have timely information on labor and income aspects of the development process. This includes information on job losses and job creation, aggregate shifts in the allocation of labor between sectors and occupations, vacancies and job seekers, the quality of (new) jobs, the social costs of the transition process – including changes in income levels – and other information indicating how businesses and people are faring.

The ILO says it recognizes the importance of labor market information in the development process and has consistently provided assistance to Caribbean countries in this area throughout its existence, with the support of its various development partners.

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