It is indeed a distinct honour and privilege to present the Strategic Outlook for the Ministry of Nevis Affairs, Labour, Social Security and Ecclesiastical Affairs. The national, regional and international occurrences, including flagrant attacks on moral and ethical standards and principles continue to mandate an urgent but tactical response. This Ministry will endeavour to strategically position itself to respond to such threats and at the same instance advance the Government’s aspiration to place equality, human dignity and human rights at the core of our democracy. Consequently the requisite policies and programmes will be redesigned to embrace the evolving needs.
Labour issues continue to be at the centre of our lives and our prosperity as a country. These matters have an effect on how we support our families and impact the success of our businesses. There are a number of planned initiatives at both the macro and micro levels that form part and parcel of the tactical response in an effort to achieve the desired level of capacitybuilding. We envision improved labour market institutions and programmes as well as effective social dialogue for the new fiscal year.
The importance of the establishment of the Ministry of Nevis Affairs, Labour, Social Security and Ecclesiastical Affairs in 2016 cannot be overemphasised. During the new fiscal year, the Ministry will continue to direct its programmes to addressing national, regional and international events that are perceived to undermine our moral and ethical standards and principles.
The Department of Labour will continue to position itself as the vanguard to foster harmonious labour relations through the promotion of sound employment practices and resolution of labour disputes. Resources will be strategically utilised to provide a range of employment services to embrace the changes and needs in the labour market. Occupational health and safety management which will be approached in a holistic manner will commence with the promotion of a “Health and Safety Culture” for the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis. The existing social partnership mechanism will be strengthened through consultation and participation of workers and employers in labour administration and inspection systems.
Hon. Vance W. Amory
Minister of Nevis Affairs, Labour,
Social Security and Ecclesiastical Affairs