The establishment of Labour Departments is rooted in the 1938 Moyne Commission Report on the social and economic conditions facing workers in the colonies at that time.
The Commission concluded that the workers of Grenada were unprotected and made recommendations for the following:
- Legislation to protect unions from actions or damages resulting from strikes;
- Legislation for peaceful picketing;
- Compulsory registration of trade unions and audit of funds;
- Creation of Labour Departments;
- Establishment of Wages Boards and Industrial Courts for the West Indies;
- Adequate Factory inspections;
- Legislation for the provision of workmen’s’ compensation.
The Commission also recommended the enactment of Labour laws for the establishment of Labour Departments. The Commission further recommended third party interventions to include consultations, negotiations, conciliation and mediation/arbitration.
Grenada became a member of the International Labour Organisation in 1979 and has since ratified twenty six (26) ILO Conventins. Grenada implemented a Labour Code in 1999 which is now under review.