PM urges collaborative approach to labour relations
In order to achieve diversification and increase competitiveness, employers and employees must work together toward the benefit of the country.
Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley made the call in his Labour Day message as he said that dedication is required to become more innovative and productive, but respect must be had by both employers and employees at the bargaining table to achieve “win-win scenarios” that work in the best interest of workers, employers and the country.
He pledged Government’s commitment to creating an environment in T&T which supports positive labour relations, in understanding the role of labour within the context of sustainable development and competitiveness in the global market.
“We have consistently encouraged open dialogue with the unions and we respect and facilitate the collective bargaining process,” Rowley said.
The Prime Minister noted that positive developments with energy sector leaders and partners locally and abroad are beginning to bear fruit.
“Government continues to actualise its plan of diversification into those areas where we can be competitive, such as the creative industries, tourism, maritime related services and ICT enabled services. But to fully achieve these goals we must be cognizant of the fact that we have to work together as a people,” he said.
In recognition of the invaluable contribution of workers, the Prime Minister called on citizens to recommit to further strengthening the social dialogue processes “to afford each and every citizen of this country the opportunity for better living and working conditions”.
Rowley extended an invitation to all workers, unions and employers to join the Government in working together to achieve a more competitive, productive and efficient economy.