Gov’t must consider implementing mechanism to ensure employers do not abuse fixed term contracts-Charles Jr.
Labour Minister Pearnel Charles Junior says the government must consider implementing a robust monitoring mechanism, to ensure employers do not abuse fixed term contracts.
He indicates that the government will be enhancing the legal framework, and promoting a culture of transparency, in the workplace.
Mr. Charles said the government is clear in its commitment to equitable and just labour practices that uphold the rights of every worker.
He was addressing the Labour Advisory Council Sub-Committee Focus Group Workshop on Fixed Term Contracts, yesterday.
The workshop delved into critical discussions surrounding fixed-term contracts.
Mr. Charles Junior expressed hope that the event would expose the root causes of contract work related challenges.
He stated that it was an important conversation about how to partner across public and private sectors to ensure that an equitable environment is created for both employers and employees.
The Labour Minister said fixed term contracts are an option, which can be advantageous, if used appropriately, but damaging, if misused.
He said part of dealing with the concern is raising awareness to advance an environment for decent work.
The Labour Minister said the abuse of fixed term contracts manifests in a number of ways.
Mr. Charles highlighted five areas, including wage disparity and denial of benefits.
He said the vulnerabilities must be discussed, to define how to protect workers and combat the injustice and abuse associated with fixed term contracts.