by Deborah Thomas-Felix
Labour Law in the Commonwealth Caribbean is a new publication that deals with subjects that are inherently germane to industrial relations.
The publication focuses on several subjects including 'Management Prerogative', 'Fixed Term Contracts', 'Lay-off', 'Retrenchment', 'Dismissals', 'Reinstatement' and 'Labour-supply Contracts' (also called, 'Labour-only Contracts').
The publication brings under one "umbrella" for examination, subjects that are critical for dealing with policies affecting the world of work, national development as well as long-term recovery and transformation following crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic.
The publication also comprehensively explores the history, principles and application of international labour standards in different subject areas. It analyses the national laws of different sovereign states: Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago and the United Kingdom. Cases of the Industrial Court of Trinidad and Tobago, some of which date from 1965, as well as cases of the Industrial Court of Antigua and Barbuda, are examined; so too are several Privy Council Cases. Comparative case studies make it possible to distil similarities, specificities, positive developments with respect to coverage and implementation as well as issues that are still to be addressed. The additional references on different topics that are provided, enriches this resource for users.
This is a trove of information that is meticulously analysed and well-structured. It is a welcome resource for tripartite constituents (i.e. governments, employers, workers and their representative organisations), advisors, educators, workers and their representative organisations), advisors, educators, students and other stakeholders with an interest in Industrial Relations and Labour Standards. It is also useful for anyone addressing 'world of work' issues through the broader 'lens' of 'Sustainable Development'.