Industrial Relations-Labour Laws

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A detailed examination of the Jamaican Labour Laws HRNM 6015/ HR67A Industrial Relations and Negotiations (Semester II: 2013) University of the West Indies Department of Social Sciences An exploration into whose interest is served by the law and the reality of a class bias. 04-029353 Submitted as partial completion of the requirement for the Masters of Science Degree Human Resource Development at the UWI (Mona) Introduction Labour law in the Caribbean and Jamaica in particularly has traditionally been shaped by social, economic and political influences Goolsaran (2005). Over the past 100 years, its major challenge has been its response to social and political demands for workers’ rights, justice and democracy…show more content…
The law essentially provided for the registration of trade unions, outlining certain requirements about their rules, trusteeship, accounts, amalgamation, dissolution and the filing of annual financial statements to a Registrar. The law however, unlike its counterpart British law at the time, did not give the right to “peaceful picketing or the common law disability of action in tort whereby trade unions could be sued for damages in consequence of strike action was not removed by the Trade Union Law in Jamaica.” Conventional wisdom even at that time is that this omission was not accidental, and the expressions by the then Governor of Jamaica on that occasion were the Jamaican workers were not ready for trade unionism, acted as confirmation. (Henry 1982). Provisions of the Act The Act provides for the registration of trade unions and identifies enactments which shall not apply to trade unions. It provides for ownership of land by registered trade unions. It provides for the appointment of trustees and their empowerment to bring and defend actions and prosecutions. It provides for the setting up of a registered office to which all
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