A vacancy is still out for a Chairperson of the Labour Arbitration Tribunal, according to a vacancy notice by the Ministry for Natural Resources and Labour on March 14, 2023.
The tenure of the last chairman ended since July of 2022.
Subject Minister, Hon Melvin M. Turnbull (R2) on December 2, 2022, had said that a new Chairman would be in place by January 2023; however, those plans may not have materialised.
“The Labour Tribunal has gone through; I think the Commissioner for the tribunal post came to end at the end of July. Advertisements have gone out, applications have been received, so it is now going through the process to be able to have that position filled,” he told the press following questions.
A vacancy is still out for a Chairperson
of the Labour Arbitration Tribunal according to a vacancy notice by the
Ministry for Natural Resources and Labour on March 14, 2023, after the
tenure of the last chairman ended in July of 2022.
Matters before tribunal on hold since July 2022
Former Chairman and attorney Jamal S. Smith, appearing on Talking Points on ZBVI 780 AM on November 7, 2022, said since July 31, 2022, there have been no matters put before the tribunal, given the absence of a chairman.
Mr Smith, who was first appointed chairperson of the tribunal on August 1, 2020, for a period of two years, lamented that the absence of a chairman has left persons with matters in a hostage situation for the last four months.
With no chairman in place, it means cases waiting to be heard before the Labour Tribunal have been heldup since July 2022, as cases cannot be heard without a chairman.