On Tuesday 12th February, The Dominica social Security hosted a workshop with the International Labor Organization at the Fort Young Hotel Conference Room.
Convention 102 is a landmark instrument which sets a qualitative and quantitative benchmarks in respect of social security schemes as well as principles for the good administrative and financial governance of social security system.
Specialist on Social Production, Ariel Pino says that the IOL held this workshop to make necessary adjustments and arrangements to grant social security to all workers in Dominica. Dominica is now in position to ratify 102.
Mr. Pino advised that the Government of Dominica should meet with the working class of Dominica in order to explain the ratification process, as soon as it becomes finalized. He also mentioned that Barbados and St. Vincent are the only two Caribbean countries which ratified convention 102. And so it would be a great achievement for Dominica to join them as number three.
“These activities will provide the necessary protection for the branches covered by the social security in Dominica, to the workers [and] the employees. We need to get consensus on how we move forward with the ratification of convention 102. “ Said Mr. Pino.
Director of the Dominica Social Security , Janice Jean-Jacques Thomas says the ILO seeks to establish international recognition in Dominica .She goes on to explain that Dominica holds position to ratify Covention 102,being that we hold six out of nine branches which cover the Convention 102.
“Dominica currently provides six of the nine branches under that convention. So we have been in a position to ratify convention 102. And so ratification gives a greater level of confidence in the program that we’re really providing social protection that is required by the ILO” Charles stated.
She also mentioned that she is looking forward to the ratification process.