TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO.
Employment of Women.
AN ORDINANCE relating to the Employment of Women
in Industrial Undertakings.
[L.S.] ':' t
GEORGE R. LE HUNTE,
8th March, 1912.
BE it enacted by the Governor of Trinidad and Tobago
with the advice and consent of the Legislative Council
thereof as follows:
1. This Ordinance may be cited as the Employment of Short Title.
Women Ordinance, 1912.
2. In this Ordinance :-
Women" includes all persons of the female sex,
without distinction of age.
Industrial Undertaking" includes a mine or quarry,
or a distillery, or a sugar, spirit compounds, match, soap,
cigar, or cigarette factory, or any undertaking in which
articles are manufactured and materials transformed and
declared by proclamation by the Governor in Executive
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Council and published in the Royal Gazette to be an
Industrial undertaking, provided that there shall not be
included in this definition any undertaking in which:-
(a.) Not more than ten men or women are
(b.) Only the members of the family of the pro-
prietor or owner of the undertaking are
"Night work" means work in an industrial undertaking
for 11 consecutive hours within a period including the hours
of ten o'clock in the evening and five o'clock in the morning.
General pro- 3. After the commencement of this Ordinance it shall not
night work be lawful, except as expressly provided in this Ordinance, to
employ women in night work in this Colony.
Exceptions to 4. For a period of 3 years after the commencement of
priion in" this Ordinance the Governor in Executive Council may by
hereof. proclamation published in the Royal Gazette declare the
prohibition of night work shall extend to a period of ten
hours only instead of eleven hours, either generally, or with
respect to any particular industrial undertaking.
Industries 5. In such industrial undertakings as are influenced by
elasons or the seasons of the year, and in all industrial undertakings
ioustanes. in the case of exceptional circumstances demanding it, the
Governor in Executive Council may by proclamation
published in the Royal Gazette declare that the prohibition
of night work shall extend to a period of 10 hours only
instead of 11 hours on 60 days of the year.
Exemption in 6. The provisions of Section 3 of this Ordinance shall
eta ne" m- not apply to a case where it is shown to the satisfaction of
the Court trying any proceedings brought under this
Ordinance that the night work complained of was due to a
cause beyond control bringing about an interruption of
work which it was impossible to foresee and which is not of
a recurring character, or where the work has to do with raw
materials or materials in course of treatment which are
subject to rapid deterioration and when such night work is
necessary to preserve the said materials from certain loss.
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7. The proprietor, owner or manager of any industrial Penalty.
undertaking in which any woman is employed in night work
contrary to the provisions of this Ordinance is liable on
summary conviction before a Stipendiary Justice of the
Peace to a fine of Ten Pounds for every woman so employed
or in default of payment to imprisonment with or without
hard labour for six months.
8. The Governor in Executive Council shall have power Regulations.
to make regulations for the carrying out of this Ordinance.
Passed in Council this Twenty-sixth day of February, in
the year of Our Lord one thousand nine hundred and twelve.
HARRY L. KNAGGS,
Clerk of the Council.