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Contact:  Kerwin Xavier


Thursday, September 22, 2011 – The Ministry of Labour is presently revamping its entire operational systems as a means of enhancing the services it provides to the public.  This will be achieved as the department’s entire system becomes computerized.  This revelation was made by Deputy Labour Commissioner Ray Narcisse yesterday.


“Many times people call the Department of Labour and ask questions that we cannot answer – because we do not have the statistics.  So the ministry, in the coming months, will be hoping to launch its website.   That website would have all the statistics of the Department of Labour.  Statistics are very important. We use statistics to formulate policy, to examine our situation and  to plan for the future. Unless we have that body of statistics, we are almost handicapped.”


The Deputy Labour Commissioner says the International Labour Organization (ILO) is presently assisting the department with this efficiency drive which also includes a training component. 


“We have 3 officers of the employment unit engaged in training in Trinidad undertaking website development etc., so that they can come back with the expertise. They will be responsible for the gathering of statistics and the dissemination and analysis of the same. We recognize our limitations and we've launched initiatives to address them.” 


The physical infrastructure at the Labour offices will also receive some attention soon.

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