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Regional Ministers of Labour have been urged to agitate for labour and employment issues to be on the agenda of the next CARICOM Heads of Government meeting. Officer-in-Charge of the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Trinidad, Dr Giovanni di Cola, made this appeal during a courtesy call with Minister of Labour and Social Security Dr Esther Byer-Suckoo Monday at the ministry’s office in Warrens, St Michael. The ILO official praised Barbados’ social partnership mechanism, saying that “it worked very well”, but called for greater social dialogue to take place regionally. Citing that “full and productive employment and decent work for all” was one of the targets to eradicate hunger and poverty under the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), Dr di Cola emphasized that the MDGs were a “top-down approach” and consequently, greater tripartite discussion was needed on the topic of labour.