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Flexible Labour Markets, Workers' Protection and Active Labour Market Policies in the Caribbean

  • Author: UN, ECLAC
  • Publication date: September 2009
  • Page count: 44
  • Language(s) in this book: English
  • Sales number: 09.II.G.59

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This study examines the application of the flexicurity labour system in the Caribbean countries of Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago. The flexicurity system has its origins in Denmark and combines elements of labour market flexibility with social security for workers. After outlining the elements of the system, the study provides an overview of the labour market in the Caribbean and compares the performance of Denmark with the three Caribbean countries. While that flexicurity system has some attractive features its full implementation is limited in the Caribbean since the institutional framework has not been fully developed to sustain the implementation of the system and the costs of the system can be a burden to national governments. It is however possible those elements of the system can be applied to the Caribbean countries (and have been applied). Labour market reform in the region can however take elements of the system into consideration.