Monday 23 September, 2019

T&T Chamber reiterates call for review of Industrial Relations Act

The Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce says it is grateful for the visible balance in the recent appointment of judges to the Industrial Court. This, as people with solid private sector experience, were also appointed to the bench by President Paula-Mae Weekes.

In a statement on Monday, the Chamber extended congratulations to the appointees, some of whom are returning, in taking on this very important role.

“Given the increasing volatility of the industrial relations environment, the T&T Chamber has consistently advocated for appointments to the Industrial Court's bench to include candidates – from both the public and private sectors – who have an appreciation of business operations. All parties coming before the Court must be confident that their matters will be treated fairly. Having a balanced judicial composition, therefore, helps achieve better representation of the interests of all stakeholders.”

In an earlier address, T&T Chamber President Reyaz Ahamad called for fair and balanced treatment as he said the world of work is changing and so too are the norms of industrial relations. According to the release, Ahamad’s message was not lost as the Chamber is heartened by the President’s new appointments. Meanwhile, the Chamber also called for amendments to the current Industrial Relations Act.

“The Industrial Relations Act under which Trinidad and Tobago currently operates is over 46 years old and the amendments proposed in 2015 have lapsed. Since the T&T Chamber feels strongly that the IR Act should be high on the parliamentary agenda, it will keep advocating for another review so that all parties can benefit from relevant, fit-for-purpose industrial relations laws.”

The T&T Chamber says it remains committed to working with all stakeholders to ensure continued progress towards a healthy and productive industrial relations environment in Trinidad and Tobago.

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