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National Employment Policy of Barbados.

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The Ministry of Labour, Social Security and Human Resource Development defines its Missions as follows: To assist the Government and its Social Partners in promoting opportunities for the provision of decent and productive work, in conditions of freedom of association, equity, security and human dignity and to provide quality social and economic benefits for Barbadians.
The goal of the present National Employment Policy is: To create an enabling environment that is conducive to the empowerment of the labour force through employment promotion and the provision of decent working opportunities.
The primary objectives of the present National Employment Policy are as follows: 1) To assist in charting a structured approach to minimise the impact on labour from the adverse effects of the global economic crisis; 2) To assist in the fight against poverty by promoting the employment of persons who are desirous of acquiring a job; 3) To enhance the employability of the labour force by providing the requisite skills-sets that would be necessary to facilitate the development of key economic sectors: 4) To promote the creation of decent employment as a key component of trade and direct investment initiatives; 5) To promote and facilitate entrepreneurship as a viable outlet for gainful employment; 6) To complement mechanisms, such as the Barbados Decent Work Country Programme, that can assist Government in attaining and realising the decent work goal; 7) To enhance labour market development through improved access to information; 8) To promote the tenets of decent work, particularly employment creation, through social dialogue; 9) To address inequalities through the provision of decent work opportunities for all persons, particularly taking into account the needs of vulnerable categories of workers such as women, the youth, migrant workers and persons living with disabilities; 10) To underscore the key contribution that a stable industrial relations climate must make towards the attainment of decent and productive employment.
The Employment issues raised in the Policy are aggregated around five pillars . They are: 1) Creating Employment Opportunities; 2) Enhancing Labour Supply; 3) Promoting Equality and Equity in the Labour Market; 4) Building a Stronger Workforce through Information; 5) Cross-cutting Issues.
The Government also developed the Tourism Relief Fund to provide Hotels with working capital to keep their businesses open.
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Manpower Research and Statistical Unit of the Ministry of Labour, Social Security and Human Resource Development.
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