ILO-EU CARIFORUM Civil Society Project


2 Feb 2015 – Feb 2018

EU Support to facilitate participation of CARIFORUM Civil Society in the Regional Development and Integration Process: Challenges to CARIFORUM Labour, Private Sector and Employers to fulfil their EPA Obligations


  1. Enhanced technical and organizational capacity of the regional organizations of employers and workers to participate meaningfully in harmonization of labour laws and practices to support the free movement of a skilled and competitive workforce, the development of an enabling environment for sustainable enterprises across the region, and the promotion of the Caribbean Single Market intra- and extraregional trade and development.
  2. Processes and programmes are in place to assist the regional and national organizations of employers and workers in building and maintaining institutional capacity required to promote and implement internationally recognized core labour standards according to Article 191 of the EPA, and the Decent Work Agenda.
  3. Mechanisms established to facilitate the promotion of and participation in dialogue by CEC and CCL within the CARIFORUM-EC Consultative Committee, and to enable them to fulfil their roles in the implementation and governance of the EPA, including monitoring its effect as described in the Social Aspects Chapter.

A programme to enhance the capacities of the Caribbean Employers’ Confederation (CEC) and the Caribbean Congress of Labour (CCL) with a view to their fulfilling their obligations with respect to the implementation of the Economic Partnership Agreement.

Intended Beneficiaries

Caribbean Congress of Labour, Caribbean Employers’ Confederation and their affiliates in the countries of CARIFORUM

Overall Developmental Objective

Employers and workers through their national and regional organizations engage effectively in social dialogue processes to contribute to the design and implementation of social and economic development policies for Caribbean regional integration and to drive the monitoring process of the social aspects of the CARIFORUM-European Community Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA).

The Programme was developed based on the findings of the Landell-Mills Report (2010) and the needs identified with the elected leaders of the CEC and CCL. Action to be undertaken under this project is in line with those listed in the Social Aspects Chapter of the EPA, namely:

  • Exchange of information, the formulation and strengthening of social and labour legislation in line with international labour standards and on measures aimed at promoting the Decent Work Agenda;
  • Strengthening mechanisms for social dialogue, including consultations on the review of labour legislation;
  • Adhering to labour legislation and regulations that would reduce the informal economy and increase opportunities for decent jobs
  • Contributing to the implementation of training programmes aimed at enhancing skills development to match labour market requirements and ensuring that the corresponding labour market information system is in place to support employment and labour market policies;
  • Reinforcing the capacity of workers and employers to participate fully in tripartite bodies to enhance productivity and trade policies in line with the Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work (FPRW), 1998; and
  • Conducting educational and awareness-raising programmes in areas such as health and safety, workers’ and employers’ rights and responsibilities, and labour market adjustment policies.
Some Activity Highlights Some Expected Outcomes
CARICOM agrees to establish Regional Social Dialogue Mechanism proposed by CEC and CCL Greater recognition and influence of CEC and CCL at CARICOM and across the region
CCL and CEC sign MOU on Legislative Agenda Vibrant and effective social dialogue mechanisms at the national and regional levels
Brussels Study Tour on EU Social Dialogue mechanisms Alignment of education outcomes with the needs of the labour market
15 National Meetings of Employers’ and Workers’ Organizations in CARIFORUM States to set policy and training agendas Employers’ Organizations and trade unions participate in the implementation, governance and monitoring of the effects of the EPA
Websites and Social Media channels developed to increase the flow of information among affiliates and the public CCL and CEC able to provide information, analysis and wellresearched policy positions building on national situations and data
Systematic region-wide training programmes for employers’ organizations and trade unions Strengthened capacities of CEC, CCL and their respective affiliates within CARIFORUM States