Facts on Labour
The Labour Department issues a booklet entitled LABOUR AND YOU which
serves as a guide to employers and employees alike. It provides briefs
on trade union, personnel management, policies, security of workers, management
responsibilities including the collective bargain process and grievance and
A minimum Wage Law is now in force - $2.25 per hour for Manual Workers
and $2.00 per hour for workers in the Agricultural Sector, Agro-Industries
and Export Base Industries.
First two weeks of employment is the probation period.
With regard to the betterment of industrial relations and generally all labour
matters, all enquiries must be directed to the Labour Commissioner who
will instruct or authorize a Labour Officer to receive and investigate all
representations whether of employees or of workers made to him concerning
any business, trade, occupation or employment with a view to the settlement
of an conciliation of disputes and grievances especially regarding hours
and conditions of work and regulations of wages.
A. WAGE RATES FOR SELECTED
1. Trainee Technicians
BZ $ l8.54 - BZ $17l.22 (weekly)
Carpenters, Masons, Plumbers, Steel Benders, Painters and Electricians.
BZ $.15 - BZ $3.96 (hourly)
Mechanics, Machinists, Electricians, Welders and Spray Painters.
BZ $.06 - BZ $4.82 (hourly)
4. Termination Notice of payment in lieu are as
Length of Employment/Termination Notices
2 weeks - 6 months
3 days notice or payment in lieu
6 months - l year
l week notice or payment in lieu
l year - 2 years
2 weeks notice or payment in lieu
5. Sick Leave
Workers are entitled to l 6 days sick leave at their basic rate of pay providing
they worked an aggregate period of not less than 60 days within l 2 months.
6. Vacation Leave
Workers are entitled to 2 working weeks vacation annually.
7. Statutory Deductions
PAYE and Social Security
Application forms for work permits are available at any Labour Department
office free of cost and/or at the Angelus Press Limited for a small fee.
There are two types of forms - one for self employment, the other for hiring
a foreign worker.
The application process takes approximately three (3) weeks. Although the
Ministry of Labour processes and approves the issuing of work permits, the
permit is issued by the Immigration Department - the fee can range anywhere
from $100.00 to $600.00 depending on the level of skill. Two recent passport
size pictures endorsed by the applicant must accompany the application.
In the case of an investor he must present his passport, have three passport
size pictures, substantive proof of his ability to sustain himself without
infringing on the country's limited economic resources. Bank statements or
other proof of financial independence are also required.
The 'life' of a work permit ranges from three months to one year and is subject
FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT
PHONE: (501) 8-22323, (02) 44907.
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