Tripartism is extremely effective as it allows for the views of each side to be taken into consideration when decisions are made, leading to better outcomes. Tripartism is a model typically used in the formation of wage setting boards, economic boards and productivity commissions in various countries. Tripartism has been the primary factor which lead to the transformation and growth of the Singaporean economy. The use of a consultative problem-solving approach was used to effectively tackle a stagnant economy.
- The Gratuities Sub-Committee: Concerns were raised by the Minister of Home Affairs regarding the alleged disproportionate allocation of gratuities to staff in some non-unionised service establishments. It has been reported that in some establishments, management retain the majority of gratuities paid by customers to compensate workers for service received. The Gratuities Sub-Committee is charged with exploring the extent to which workers are being disadvantaged by managements’ retention of gratuities and the disproportionate allocation of gratuities amongst staff, with an aim to recommend a fair resolution to the challenges faced in the service industry.
- The Contract Employment Sub-Committee: Complaints were also lodged with the LAC that in a number of industries some employers are transitioning full-time workers to contract employment or vendor contracts to avoid having to pay the benefits associated with full-time employment as prescribed by the Employment Act 2000. The Contract Employment Sub-Committee is examining the extent to which persons employed in an employee/employer relationship are not obtaining the benefits they should be entitled to as a result of being called contractors. In addition, the Sub-Committee is tasked with providing recommendations on how the problem can be resolved and/or mitigated.
- The Retirement Age Sub-Committee: Retirement age discrimination affects many people in Bermuda. Workers are prevented from continuing employment after 65 years of age and are not being afforded employment opportunities as they approach retirement age. The primary function of the Retirement Age Sub-Committee is to review the retirement age  in alignment with our current ageing population and provide recommendations to the LAC and the Minister of Home Affairs on whether adjustments should be made. This Sub-Committee will assess the current workforce and propose practical workplace considerations for an ageing labour force and the issue of retirement age discrimination. The Sub-Committee will prepare a report containing recommendations for submission to the LAC and the Minister of Home Affairs.
- The Labour Law Reform Sub-Committee: The Bermuda Trade Union Congress [BTUC] requested that the Government commit to modernise and consolidate our current labour legislation. This matter was brought to the LAC and the Labour Law Reform Sub-Committee was established to provide the Minister of Home Affairs with recommendations on changes to labour legislation. This Sub-Committee has completed its work and the Minister has been provided with the recommendations agreed by consensus.
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