Caribbean Congress of Labour to focus on its Strategy

March 11, 2016

Friday March 11, 2016: The Caribbean Congress of Labour (CCL) is embarking on a strategic planning meeting in an effort to put in place the structures and strategies needed to maximize its impact as the regional voice of working people. This Strategic Planning Meeting will be held 14-17 March in Barbados at the Blue Horizon hotel. CCL’s elected officials, representing affiliate unions from nine (9) Caribbean countries will take part in this meeting to formulate a 5-year Strategic Plan and a communication strategy.

The Strategic Planning meeting represents one activity in the programme being undertaken to enhance the institutional capacity of the CCL as well as its thirty-three (33) national affiliates. This activity is funded by the European Union (EU) under a joint project for the Caribbean Congress of Labour and the Caribbean Employers’ Confederation (CEC), in collaboration with the International Labour Organization (ILO) as the executing agency.

The project entitled “Challenges to CARIFORUM Labour, Private Sector and Employers to fulfil their EPA Obligations: Caribbean Employers Federation (CEC) and  the Caribbean Congress of Labour (CCL) Component of the Support to Facilitate Participation of CARIFORUM Civil Society in Regional Development and Integration Process” commenced in February 2015 and is scheduled to run for thirty six (36) months. To date, national Bipartite meetings between workers and employers have been held in fourteen (14) countries across the region, as well as a regional bipartite meeting at which representatives from all 15 CARIFORUM States were in attendance.

This strategic planning meeting is being conducted by Dr. Andre Henry. The objective of the meeting is to design a proactive strategy to enable CCL to address effectively the challenges faced by the labour movement and defend the interests and articulate policy positions beneficial to working people across the region.