Saint Kitts: Labour Regulation
Saint Kitts and Nevis has a population of approximately 50,700, of whom about 40,000 are on Saint Kitts. Workers possess a high degree of literacy (98%) and, especially among the women, manual dexterity.
Training courses are offered by the Saint Kitts Technical College and a program jointly funded by Saint Kitts and Nevis, United States AID, and the Organization of American States. Obligatory workmen's compensation, social security, and other benefits add 13% to labor costs.
Minimum wages are legally set only for domestic and retail employees. Saint Kitts has four strong labor unions, including the Saint Kitts and Nevis Trades and Labour Union with a membership of 7,600. Wages contracts have an average one-year duration. When contracts are negotiated, the union with 51% of the workers in the particular industry is recognized by employers as the representative for the workers.
The Saint Kitts and Nevis Employers Federation can advise management in labor negotiations.