are organizations that represent people at work. Their purpose is to protect and improve
people's pay and conditions of employment. They also campaign for laws and policies which
will benefit working people.
exist because an individual worker has very little power to influence decisions that are made
about his or her job. By joining together with other workers, there is more chance of having
a voice and influence.
Constitution Chapter 3, section 13 provides for the freedom of association and section 23
provides for the freedom of assembly and association. Whereas these sections do not expressly
refer to the trade union movement it protects the rights of citizens.
Trade Unions in
Jamaica have a strong political history. The two major political parties, namely the Jamaica
Labour Party (JLP) and the National Party (PNP), are historically affiliated with the two
largest trade unions, namely Bustamante Industrial Trade Union (BITU) and the National
Workers Union (NWU) respectively.
of Jamaica is widely considered as being pro-worker, and has implemented various conventions
promoted by the International Labour Organization (ILO). The Jamaica Confederation of Trade
Unions (JCTU) founded in 1980 is a national trade union centre in the country and is
affiliated with the International Trade Union Confederation.
Union was created to provide online information about the union movements and labour laws of
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continuous association made up primarily of wage earners who use their collective labour power to seek
improved wages and working conditions for their members.