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).
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.
“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.”