International Organisation of Employers (IOE)

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The International Organisation of Employers (IOE) is the largest global network of the private sector and since its creation in 1920, the IOE has been recognised as the sole organisation at the international level that represents the interests of business in the labour and social policy fields. Today, it consists of 150 national employer organisations from 140 countries representing the voice of over 50 million companies from all over the world.


International Labour Organization (ILO)

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The International Labour Organization (ILO) is devoted to advancing opportunities for women and men to obtain decent and productive work in conditions of freedom, equity, security and human dignity. Its main aims are to promote rights at work, encourage decent employment opportunities, enhance social protection and strengthen dialogue in handling work-related issues. The ILO Decent Work Team and Office for the Caribbean was established in 1969 and is based in Trinidad and Tobago. It serves 13 member States and 9 non-metropolitan territories of the English- and Dutch-speaking Caribbean.

Trinidad and Tobago has been a member of the ILO since 1963. To date, twenty-two (22) Conventions have been ratified. According to the ILO, out of 22 Conventions ratified by Trinidad and Tobago, 18 are in force, 4 instruments have been abrogated; and none have been ratified in the past 12 months. See below for a list of Conventions ratified (and in force) by Trinidad and Tobago.



Caribbean Employers Confederation (CEC)

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The Caribbean Employers’ Confederation (CEC) is a regional grouping of employers’ organisations in the Caribbean Region founded in 1960. This organisation is dedicated to the development and promotion of good industrial relations practices at the enterprise and macro-level and is committed to achieving productivity and prosperity for member countries and the region as a whole. Its office is housed at the Employers’ Consultative Association, located at #17 Samaroo Road, Aranguez Roundabout North, Aranguez Trinidad.


The International Labour and Employment Relations Association (ILERA)

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The International Industrial Relations Association (IIRA) was established in 1966 in response to a growing need to develop and exchange knowledge in the field of industrial relations, at the international level, and provide the academic and the practitioner with a forum for discussion and research. Its founding members were the British Universities Industrial Relations Association, the Industrial Relations Research Association (USA), the International Institute for Labour Studies (Geneva, Switzerland) and the Japan Institute of Labour.