Caribbean Congress of Labour focuses on Strategies to Increase its Impact:

March 21, 2016

CCL President David Massiah

The Caribbean Congress of Labour (CCL) has just concluded its strategic planning meeting held 14-17 March in Barbados at the Blue Horizon hotel. The Meeting was attended by 19 participants which represented affiliate unions from ten (10) Caribbean countries. This session was conducted by strategy consultant Dr. Andre Vincent Henry. Dr. Henry has a wealth of experience working with the labour movement throughout the region and he also brings a breadth of knowledge having served as Chief Technical Advisor for the International Labour Organization’s Programme promoting management labour cooperation.

The sessions and exercises, explored several strategies and structures available to the CCL. Discussions were rich, robust and highly participatory. The recommendations and conclusions were synthesized down to those that would best maximize its impact as the regional voice of working people. The main areas for strategic initiatives identified were relevance, organizational effectiveness, knowledge management and sustainability. The outputs developed by the participants will provide the material for the formulation of a 5-year Strategic Plan and a communication strategy targeting its different stakeholder groups. Both policy documents will be completed by the end of March and made available to all affiliates of the CCL.

CCL Affiliates during a break out session

The successful execution of this meeting represents one more activity implemented under the programme to enhance the institutional capacity of the CCL as well as its thirty-three (33) national affiliates. The project entitled “Challenges to CARIFORUM Labour, Private Sector and Employers to fulfil their EPA Obligations: Caribbean Employers’ Confederation (CEC) and the Caribbean Congress of Labour (CCL) component of the Support to Facilitate Participation of CARIFORUM Civil Society in Regional Development and Integration Process”, is funded by the European Union (EU) under a joint project for the Caribbean Congress of Labour and the Caribbean Employers’ Confederation (CEC), in collaboration with the International Labour Organization (ILO) as the executing agency.