President of the Industrial Court Deborah Thomas-Felix has authored her first book on labour law and industrial relations titled “Labour law in the commonwealth Caribbean: The practice of good industrial relations in the 21st century.”
The publication deals with subjects that are inherently germane to the determination of workplace issues and 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 a crisis.
Her book focuses on seven subjects: management prerogative, fixed-term contracts, layoffs, retrenchment, dismissal/termination, reinstatement and labour-supply contracts.
Thomas-Felix brings to this work her wealth of knowledge and professional experience—including from years of engagement in the International Labour Organisation’s supervisory system on international labour standards.
As a member of the committee of experts on the application of conventions and recommendations, Thomas-Felix contributes to the examination of all instruments under review.
Her main focus, however, is on instruments dealing with the maritime sector, including the Maritime Labour Convention 2006 (MLC) which applies to more than 91 per cent of the world’s shipping fleet—and Occupational Safety and Health standards, which she handles jointly with another committee expert.
The publication comprehensively explores the history, principles and application of international labour standards in different subject areas.
It analyses the national laws of different sovereign states namely, Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago and the United Kingdom.
Some 176 cases are examined, some of which are from the Industrial Court of T&T, as well as, cases of the Industrial Court of Antigua and Barbuda.
There are also cases from the Employment Appeals Tribunal of England, as well as, privy council.
This is a trove of information that is meticulously analysed and well-structured.
It is a welcome resource for tripartite constituents—eg governments, employers, workers, advisors, educators, students and other stakeholders with an interest in Industrial Relations and Labour Standards.
The official launch of the book will be held on Saturday at 5:30 pm which can be viewed virtually on the Cipriani College of Labour and Co-operative Studies’ YouTube channel.
Information on the book and how to purchase a copy is available online at www.trendsinlabourlaw.com