The Caribbean Congress of Labour (CCL) is a regional trade union of national workers’ organizations from 13 States and 3 non-metropolitan territories of the English- and Dutch speaking Caribbean, namely Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Curacao, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Maarten, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago. Although the CCL has no affiliates from Haiti and the Dominican Republic, the CCL has interacted with workers organizations in these two countries, namely the Confederation des Travailleurs et Travailleuses des Secteurs Public et Prive (CTSP), Confederation des Syndicats Haïtiens (CSH), Confederations des Travailleurs Haïtiens (CTH), Centrale Nationale des Ouvriers Haïtiens (CNOHA), Confederacion Autonoma Sindical Clasista, and the Confederacion Nacional de Unidad Sindical. It should be noted that the CCL is open to membership from every country in the Caribbean basin which is determined in Article Ill para. (a) of its Constitution as follows:
Bona fide trade unions and/or national centres in the Caribbean area which accept the aims and constitution of the CCL shall be eligible for membership. For the purpose of this constitution the Caribbean area shall be defined as all the islands in the Caribbean Sea as well as Guyana, Belize, Suriname, French Guiana and Bermuda.
The CCL was established in 1960 and states that its aims and objectives, inter alia, are to work for the achievement of the economic, social, educational, cultural and other aspirations of the workers of the Caribbean region; to encourage the formation of national groupings and/or centres of trade unions wherever practicable and possible; as well as to maintain and develop a regional clearing house of information and research on the problems of trade union organisations, wages and working conditions, labour legislation, collective bargaining and any other matter related to the implementation of the aims of the CCL.