The Human Resources Management Association of Barbados is on the verge of concluding a Memorandum of Understanding with the University of the West Indies at Cave Hill.
This was disclosed this morning by newly-elected President of HRMAB, Glenda Gilkes, as she addressed the opening of a panel discussion on absenteeism and the second official activity for the new committee at Savannah Hotel on Hastings, Christ Church.
Gilkes disclosed that the MOU would be signed next Monday and would signal the start of a rewarding partnership.
“This partnership will see the development of the human resource practice to the level of legal recognition as a profession in Barbados and then the wider Caribbean,” she added.
“We will also be focussing on supporting the development of students of the University of the West Indies for career in human resource management.”
She urged members “who might be missing in action, to reaffirm your commitment to an organisation that can boast the most extensive growing network of individuals knowledgeable in all areas related to industrial relations, labour management and human resource development”.
Gilkes acknowledged the proclamation of two recent pieces of legislation in the first six months of this year alone — the Safety and Health at Work Act and “the more contentious” Employment Rights Act, “which raised much ire in the land and has change the employer and employee relation, some say, for the better, some say, for the worse”.
Referring to “promises” from the Minister of Labour of more related legislation to come, the HRMAB president said she believed that these will present a number of “burning” issues which would continue to generate much discussion and engage the members of the association and HR practitioners in general.
She hope however, that today’s forum and others to come, would birth a number of initiatives and solutions to many of these challenges, “as we seek to ensure that as employers, we maintain decent work for our employees, providing them with the opportunity to earn a living and provide growth opportunities, while ensuring that we remain a viable and profitable enterprise”. (EJ)