Labour Minister Promotes Wage Equality At Panama Conference

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L to R - Roberto Martinez, Regional Director of the OECD; Senator Dion Foulkes, Minister of Labour; Maria Romero, Minister of Government, Panama; Juan Carlos Varela, President of Panama and Isabel Saint Malo, Vice President of Panama.

The Minister of Labour, Senator the Honourable Dion Foulkes recently led a delegation of Government, union, private and public sector representatives to Panama where they attended the United Nations’ Regional Conference on Wage Equality between Women and Men on 29 to 31, January 2018. During the conference, the Equal Pay International Coalition (EPIC), an initiative led by the International Labor Organization (ILO), UN Women and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) was launched, the objective of which is to mobilize different actors to reduce the wage gap
between women and men, which is around 15 percent in this region.

The EPIC was launched globally in September 2017 within the framework of the U.N General Assembly. At the Panama conference, that country became the first in the region to join the EPIC and the second in the world to launch it. The organizations that promote the EPIC are projecting the regional launches of the coalition. It is anticipated that by 2030 the EPIC will achieve “equal remuneration between women and men for work of equal value.” Minister Foulkes was accompanied to the conference by Mrs. Patrenda Russell- Brice, Deputy Director of Labour; Mrs. Marissa Smith, Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confederation and Mr. Ednel Rolle, Vice President of the Trade Union Congress.

The Bahamian delegation to Panama attending the United Nations’ Regional Conference on ‘Wage Equality between Women and Men’. L to R – Mrs. Patrenda Russell-Brice, Deputy Director of Labour; Senator Dion Foulkes, Minister of Labour; Mrs. Marissa Smith, Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confederation and Mr. Ednel Rolle, Vice President of the Trade Union Congress.

 

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