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Grenada Industrial Development Corp.
Frequenté Industrial Park
St. George's
Grenada, West Indies

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Labour

 

 

Labour & Policy Legislation

Grenada has signed and ratified all International Labour Organizations undertakings and has enshrined these rights in its labor laws namely; the Labor Relations Act No1 of 1999 and the Employment Act No. 1 of 1999.

Grenadian law upholds the right of workers to be represented by a trade union of their choice. There are no restrictions on the activities of trade unions as long as they operate within the parameters set out by the local labour law. The majority of the workforce is unionized and there is very stable labour relations atmosphere on the island.


Institutional Framework of Labour Policy

The Government views the private sector as a composition of a number of stakeholders, private enterprise owners, labour, government, consumers, lenders and suppliers.  Among these stakeholders; workers have inalienable rights based on their contribution to enterprise development, profitability and growth over the years.  This viewpoint implies that Government policy is to ensure that workers are fairly treated in terms of wages and benefits, work hours, overtime pay, tenure of appointment, pensions, health and safety etc.

To institutionalize this policy the Government has formed a tripartite Labor Advisory Board composed of Government, Employers and Labour (as represented by the Trade Union Council) to advise the Government on matters such as the appropriate minimum wage by industry/ sector, terms and conditions of employment, work holidays, dismissal, union certification etc.


Labour Policy in a Globalized Economy

In light of the increased pace of global change and competition, the Government of Grenada has a policy of gradually merging some of the small and less effective trade unions as well as gradually trying to move the labor-employer interface from confrontation and at best negotiation towards a more cooperative basis.


Policy Towards Employing Foreign Workers


The Government recognizes that foreign investors as well as Grenadian investors must seek expatriate workers to supplement the skills of Grenadian workers; if their enterprises are to be competitive.   It is also recognized that in general; to import foreign workers and managers is more expensive than that of hiring Grenadians, hence all else being equal, investors have every incentive to hire Grenadians when possible.

T he Government of Grenada also recognizes special needs of foreign investors to employ expatriate workers from its parent company and its home country in positions such as general managers, accounting managers, chief financial officers and other key administrative positions. Hence, there is a policy in place for the granting of work visas and work permits to foreign workers.

 

 

Labour Force Analysis 

The labour force in Grenada is estimated at approximately 47,581 (2008) with a distribution by sector as follows: agriculture 13.8%, industry 14%, services 62% (1999). The national rate of unemployment in 2005 was 18.5%.


 

Main Labour Force Indicators (2008)

 

 

LABOUR FORCE       47,581

 Male           23,493

Female        24,088

 

EMPLOYED LABOUR FORCE       35,722

Male           19,295

Female       16,427

 

UNEMPLOYED LABOUR FORCE   11,859

Male         4,198

Female     7,661

UNEMPLOYMENT RATE (%)         25

Male         18

Female     32

Youth        36

 

LEVELS OF UNEMPLOYMENT

Youth (under 25 yrs)   4,977

Male                            1,999

Female                        2,978

Adult                           6,882

Male                            2,199

Female                       4,683

 

PARTICIPATION RATE              62

Male               67

Female           56

Source: Central Statistical Office

 

 

Total 15+ Population by Age, Employment Status and Unemployment (2008)

       

 Age Group

Employed

Unemployed

Unemployment Rate (%)

15-19

1,810

2,

55

20-24

6,740

2,773

29

25-29

5,165

1,440

22

30-34

2,962

947

24

35-39

3,689

1,202

25

40-44

3,579

809

18

45-49

4,206

749

15

50-54

3,390

954

22

55-59

2,335

296

11

60-64

890

394

31

65+

958

92

9

Total

35,724

11,860

25

Source: Caribbean Development Bank - Country Poverty Assessment  


 

 By Occupation

 

 

Legal & Managerial

6.1%

Professional

2.1%

Technical / Sub. Prof

9.6%

Clerical

9.4%

Service / Sales Worker

15.5%

Agriculture & Related

11.0%

Manufacturing & Related

20.0%

Plant & Machine Operators

5.8%

Elementary

15.4%

Unclassified

4.9%

Source: Central Statistical office
 

 

Employment by industry

 

Sector

2009

2010

Agriculture

684

750

Manufacturing

1350

1,272

Electricity and Water

597

632

Construction

2,042

1,773

Wholesale and Retail

4,750

4,281

Hotel and Restaurant

2,070

1,973

Transportation

1,457

1,366

Banking

1,307

1,350

Real Estate

1,361

1,630

Communication services

5,870

6,227

Personal and Household services

642

659

Recreation

236

229

Public Administration

4,425

4,338

Sanitary and Other services

107

112

Room Cleaning and Maintenance

1,207

2,957

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: Central Statistical Office

 

 

Labour Costs

 

Average Monthly Wage Rates

               

 Manufacturing

US$

Tourism

US$

Construction

US$

General

US$

Cleaner

185

Waiter

296

Engineer

1037

Secretary

463

Cutter

370

Bartender

296

Electrician

667

Clerk

333

Handyman

185

Maid

259

Mason

520

Custom

463

Operator

222

Chef

593

Carpenter

555

Manager

1200

Presser

196

Cook

370

Labourer

296

Accountant

1037

Supervisor

333

Gardener

222

 

 

Security Guard

296

Mechanic

463

Housekeeper

222

 

 

 

 

Source: Central Statistical Office

 


 


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