GROUPS REPRESENTING DOMESTIC WORKERS AND ARTISANS RELEASE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR FULL IMPLEMENTATION OF CSME FREE MOVEMENT REGIME

Support Services Organisations representing domestic workers and artisans in five countries released their recommendations for the full implementation of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) Free Movement of Skilled Workers Regime for artisans and domestics at a news conference this morning.

The recommendations, to be delivered to Caribbean Heads of Government, the CARICOM Secretariat, national governments, and business and society leaders in CARICOM member states were announced following a four-day meeting of groups participating in the Caribbean Policy Development Centre’s project “CSME Works for Domestics and Artisans” funded by the Caribbean Aid for Regional Integration and Trade Fund (CARTFund) of the Department for International Development (DFID) and administrated by the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB).

"Domestic workers and artisans have been granted the right to move and work without a work permit for at least six years, and provisions are still not in place to make that possible in every country", said CPDC Executive Director Shantal Munro-Knight.  "These agencies on the ground have worked with a steering committee to formulate this Civil Society Response addressing issues with the Regime that we are releasing this morning."

Domestic workers and artisans have been granted the right to move and work without a work permit for at least six years, and provisions are still not in place to make that possible in every country“, said CPDC Executive Director Shantal Munro-Knight. “These agencies on the ground have worked with a steering committee to formulate this Civil Society Response addressing issues with the Regime that we are releasing this morning.”

The agencies that have participated in the CPDC project represent domestic workers in Guyana, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, and Trinidad and Tobago, and Barbados. Among the recommendations released this morning are the implementation of a clear definition for domestic workers based on the International Labour Organisation Convention 189; ensuring the complaints mechanism is simple and transparent taking into consideration the limitations of domestic workers and artisans, and facilitating the establishment of industry associations for artisans in Member State.

During the course of the Making CSME Work for Domestics and Artisans project, the support services agencies and the CPDC have developed awareness materials on the Free Movement Regime for domestic workers and artisans. The agencies have provided a physical location in each of their countries for the two target groups to gain knowledge about the Regime.

During the course of the Making CSME Work for Domestics and Artisans project, the support services agencies and the CPDC have developed awareness materials on the Free Movement Regime for domestic workers and artisans. The agencies have provided a physical location in each of their countries for the two target groups to gain knowledge about the Regime.

The organisations working with the Making CSME Works for Domestics and Artisans project are committed to working with our constituents to make sure that they are able to fully access the Free Movement Regime”, said Elaine Duncan, a member of the executive committee of the Jamaica Household Workers Union. “The time has come for member states to recognise the work of both artisans and domestic workers as contributing in a significant way to the economies of our countries.”

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