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Media Release: Six-Part Webinar Series: A Success Tout involving Ministry of Labour, Supermarket Association and OSHA

Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago - Friday 21 August, 2020

Over the past six (6) Wednesdays commencing July 15th and ending on August 19th, 2020, thousands of employees and employers benefitted from accessing invaluable and critical information on workplace guidelines across a wide spectrum of topic areas within the ambit of the labour laws. This was obtained via the Webinar Series titled “We Empower…You Thrive"; which was jointly hosted by the Ministry of Labour and Small Enterprise Development (MOLSED) and the Supermarket Association of Trinidad and Tobago (SATT) with key participation from the Occupational Safety and Health Authority and Agency (OSHA) and the National Insurance Board (NIB).  The online series was brought to a fulfilling close last Wednesday August 19, 2020 with presentations made by Ms. Heather Rodney, Elisha Forgenie and Kurlisha McLean Robert, of the Ministry’s HIV Workplace Advocacy Unit (HWAU) concluding with the topic ‘Addressing HIV and AIDS in the Workplace’.

The interactive series, kicked off with Radesh Bassant, Public Relations Officer of the National Insurance Board (NIB), attracting an enormous back to back audience for its first and second sessions, with key information relating to the NIB’s processes and its many benefits.

The third webinar session was led by representatives from one of the Ministry’s agencies; the Occupational Safety and Health Authority and Agency (OSHA) on Wednesday, July 29 which addressed health and safety guidelines in the workplace within the ‘new normal’. Mrs. Ranu Doctor, Safety and Health Inspector II and Ms. Patricia Cross, Legal Counsel, attached to the OSH Authority and Agency conducted this session.

The second half of the series was executed by the Ministry’s representatives. Sessions four (4) and five (5) which were held on August 05 and 12, took the series to a colossal high, with over two thousand (2,000) participants logging on to access information on the National Minimum Wage targeting employees and employers across the retail sector, hotel industry and alike businesses. These sessions were conducted by Labour Inspectors of the Ministry of Labour and Small Enterprise Development, Mr. Farouk Mohammed and Ms. Paula Achaibar, who captured the interest of its online audience on topics ranging from the calculation of overtime pay, access to sick and vacation leave, maternity leave, meals and rest breaks among other key areas relating to the terms and conditions of work.

Over the course of the series, there was a gradual shift from the post COVID-19 into the resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic within the country, and thus many employees and organisations looked toward this forum for critical guidance and technical support for tailoring and enhancing their operations while adjusting to the new normal and quelling their levels of uncertainties.

From the registration logs, this webinar series was heavily subscribed by an expansive cross section of the business community including but not limited to participants from NGOs, academia and even the law fraternity, Government Ministries and Agencies, apart from its primary target audience of retail stores, supermarkets and pharmacies. The weekly participant surveys illustrated high levels of satisfaction pinning the series as a very effective, relevant and interactive one with participants even calling for its continuation.

The Ministry of Labour and Small Enterprise Development wishes to express gratitude to all participants and the executing and supporting teams who contributed towards this Series’ success. It is evident that this online initiative is the result of genuine concern colliding with team effort, hinged on the Ministry’s mandate of ensuring decent work for all. Based on this fulfilling level of discourse, citizens can look forward to future webinars from the Ministry of Labour.

 Media Release 1 - Radesh Bassant NIB Public Relations Officer kicks off the first two sessions of the We EmpowerYou Thrive Webinar Series Media Release 2 - Ranu Doctor Safety and Health Inspector OSHA joined by Moderator                Desmond Lawrence at the OSHA Webinar Session 

NIB Public Relations Officer kicks off the first two (2) sessions

Ranu Doctor, Safety and Health Inspector, OSHA, joined by Moderator, Desmond Lawrence at the OSHA Webinar Session.

Media Release 3 - Patricia Cross Legal Counsel attached to OSHA responds to Questions from participants at the third Webinar Session Media Release 4 - Mr. Farouk Mohammed and Ms. Paula Achaibar Labour Inspectors leading the Minimum Wage Webinar Session

Patricia Cross, Legal Counsel attached to OSHA responds to Questions from participants at the third Webinar Session

Mr. Farouk Mohammed and Ms. Paula Achaibar, Labour Inspectors leading the Minimum Wage Webinar Session

 Media Release 6 - Ms. Heather Rodney Elisha Forgenie and Kurlisha McLean Robert lead the final session of the Webinar Series  Media Release 5 - Farouk Mohammed and Paula Achaibar Labour Inspectors leading the 2nd part of the Labour Inspectorate Units Webinar Session on August 05
 

Ms. Heather Rodney, Elisha Forgenie and Kurlisha McLean Robert lead the final session of the Webinar Series.

 

Farouk Mohammed, and Paula Achaibar, Labour Inspectors leading the 2nd part of the Labour Inspectorate Unit’s Webinar Session on August 05

Thank you in advance for your coverage of our Webinar series Initiative.

For further information, please contact:
Corporate Communications Unit
Ministry of Labour and Small Enterprise Development
International Waterfront Centre
Tower C, Level 6, 1A Wrightson Road, Port of Spain
Tel: 625-8478 ext. 1208, 1212, 1316 Fax: 623-1404
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