REPORT OF ILO CREDENTIALS COMMITTEE ON THE OBJECTION LODGED BY THE BWU TO THE DELEGATE OF BARBADOS TO I.L.O CONFERENCE

In 2013 and 2014, the Government of Barbados invited the Congress of Trade Unions and Staff Associations of Barbados, to nominate the Workers’ Delegate to attend the 102nd and 103rd Sessions respectively, of the International Labour Conference, held in Geneva, Switzerland.

On each occasion, the nomination of the Workers' Delegate has met with an objection lodged by the International Trade Union Congress (ITUC) to the Credentials Committee of the ILO, on behalf of the Barbados Workers' Union (BWU).

On each occasion, the nomination of the Workers’ Delegate has met with an objection lodged by the International Trade Union Congress (ITUC) to the Credentials Committee of the ILO, on behalf of the Barbados Workers’ Union (BWU).

In 2013, the Credentials Committee of the ILO in its report on the ‘Objection concerning the nomination of the Workers’ delegate of Barbados, concluded that, “The Committee is thus not convinced that the Government has nominated the Workers’ delegate in agreement with the most representative workers’ organization.”

Having considered the objection lodged in 2014, the ILO’s Credentials Committee has reached the conclusion that; “The Committee considers that it does not have enough elements to find that the nomination of the Workers’ delegate has not been made in conformity with article 3, paragraph 5, of the ILO Constitution. Therefore, it does not uphold the objection.”

For the reference of member unions and staff associations, this decision is contained in the electronic copy of the ILO Provisional Record 5C, 103rd Session, Geneva, May-June 2014, Report on Credentials, Second Report of the Credentials Committee; per attached.

  • Article 3 of the ILO Constitution is captioned, Conferences, Meetings and Delegates; Article 3 & Paragraph 5 reads:

Nomination of non-governmental representatives

The Members undertake to nominate non-Government delegates and advisers chosen in agreement with the industrial organizations, if such organizations exist, which are most representative of employers or workpeople, as the case may be, in their respective countries.”

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