Work is central to people’s well-being. In addition to providing income, work can pave the way for broader social and economic advancement, strengthening individuals, their families and communities. Such progress however, hinges on work that is decent.
Decent work sums up the aspirations of people in their working lives. It involves opportunities for work that is productive and delivers a fair income, security in the workplace and social protection for families, better prospects for personal development and social integration, freedom for people to express their concerns, organize and participate in the decisions that affect their lives and equality of opportunity and treatment for all women and men. Decent work is central to the efforts to reduce poverty and is a means for achieving equitable, inclusive and sustainable development.
Using the ILO's unique tripartite structure, the ILO Decent Work Team and Office for the Caribbean works in close collaboration with governments, employers' and workers' organizations to promote decent work for all. Through the Decent Work Agenda, the ILO promotes rights at work, encourages decent employment opportunities, enhances social protection and strengthens social dialogue.
ILO's assistance to member States in achieving decent work objectives is implemented through Decent Work Country Programmes developed in collaboration with ILO constituents. The programmes promote decent work as a key component of national development strategies and define the priorities and targets within national development frameworks. They aim to tackle major decent work deficits through the implementation of results-based programmes that embrace each of the strategic objectives.
On 12 October 2006, Ministers of Labour and other high-level representatives of governments, employers' and workers' organizations of the English- and Dutch-speaking Caribbean resolved to advance decent work priorities in their national development agendas at the ILO's Tripartite Caribbean Employment Forum held in Barbados on 10-12 October 2006. A background paper entitled "Responding to globalization: A Decent Work Agenda for the Caribbean in the context of regional integration" was presented at the Forum.
The "Tripartite Declaration and Plan of Action for Realizing the Decent Work Agenda in the Caribbean" was adopted by over 150 delegates present at the forum.
The Bahamas launched the first Decent Work Country Programme in the Caribbean on 10 April 2008.