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posted 8 May 2014, 05:13 by Gerry Kangalee
On May 9th and 10th 2014, the Labour Advisory Bureau (LAB) will hold a workshop on pensions for trade unionists. The workshop is entitled FROM WORKPLACE TO RETIREMENT and will take place at the headquarters of the Transport and Industrial Workers Union (TIWU), Eastern Main Road, Laventille.

Pensions, being deferred wages, are a vital collective bargaining issue yet many unions struggle with what can be a complex issue. The workshop is designed to develop the skills of union activists in understanding and negotiating pension plans. It is aimed at trade unionists who are on pension management committees, are negotiating new pensions plans or simply wish to have a better understanding of pension plans. 

The workshop on Pensions is the third workshop organised by the Labour Advisory Bureau aimed at the wider trade union movement. In September 2013, the LAB held a workshop entitled FROM THE WORKPLACE TO THE INDUSTRIAL COURT. This dealt with the process of handling grievances with emphasis on industrial court proceedings. Twenty five trade unionists from eight unions participated. 
The second workshop was conducted in November 2013. It dealt with the issue of collective bargaining and was entitled FROM PROPOSALS TO SETTLEMENT. Eighteen (18) trade unionists representing six (6) unions participated in the interactive two day sessions.  
The Labour Advisory Bureau is a non-profit company set up by the National Workers Union. It is considered the research, training and publishing arm of the National Workers Union (NWU).