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BARBADOS EMPLOYERS’ CONFEDERATION: BEC at 60 and beyond


BARBADOS EMPLOYERS' CONFEDERATION

BARBADOS EMPLOYERS’ CONFEDERATION: BEC at 60 and beyond

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AS WE COMMENCE our week of activities, we thought it best to remind our readers of our purpose and vision for employment relations in Barbados.

The Barbados Employers’ Confederation (BEC), founded in 1956, continues to be a membership based private sector trade union that represents its members on an array of issues. These issues include industrial relations, human resources management, occupational health and safety and much more.

In fact, as we often encourage employers to become adaptable to changing dynamics in business, we too have taken on the mantle and remain committed to updating and developing our services and expertise to better serve our members and the business community. We remain dedicated to assisting businesses with their people management strategy through the development and promotion of good industrial relations practices at the macro and micro levels.

It is for this reason that we want to remind non-members that we stand ready to assist with their development as well. Nelson Mandela said it best: “Alone we have no power, but together we have the power to change the world.”

Our vision continues to be one that promotes the BEC as the membership organisation of choice for ensuring the viability and success of local and regional businesses through the provision of high-quality and professional human resource and industrial relations solutions. We will continue to promote and maintain harmony in the employment relationship.

The BEC is guided by specific core values that have proven beneficial over the last 60 years:

• Professionalism – at all times we will act with integrity, provide quality service, be reliable and responsible while attaining and maintaining the level of excellence that is required.

• Accountability – taking ownership of all responsibilities and honouring commitments.

• Integrity – being ethically unyielding and honest, inspiring trust by saying what we mean, matching our behaviors to our words, taking responsibility for our actions and operating in good faith

• Confidentiality – ensuring that information is accessible only to those authorised to have access.

Under the current directorship of Tony Walcott, supported by a diligent secretariat and governed by a dynamic council, the BEC has achieved a great milestone and, as such, will commemorate this achievement throughout this coming week with our usual church service; a family that prays together stays together. Of specific mention is also our upcoming annual general meeting and luncheon. You may visit our website www.barbadosemployers.com to keep abreast of our activities.

Thank you for your continued support as we strive to make good employers better!

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