Monday 21 October, 2019

Unions urged: Don't boycott, have constructive dialogue instead

Unfortunate and counterproductive.

This is how the American Chamber of Commerce of Trinidad & Tobago (AMCHAM T&T) has labelled the call by leader of the Joint Trade Union Movement (JTUM) Ancel Roget to “boycott the one percent”.

While acknowledging the role trade unions play in protecting and promoting the rights of its members, the business chamber said the JTUM leader’s statement is divisive and not in the best interest of the workers that the Union represents.  

It warned that history has shown the impact that singling out minority groups has.

“In every country where a minority has been persecuted in an attempt to shift power or influence to another group, the result has been economic and social decay.” 

AMCHAM T&T, however, used the opportunity to renew its call to the labour movement, the business sector and Government to return to the multiparty dialogue that was facilitated through the National Tripartite Advisory Council (NTAC).

Given the global economic crisis, it said it is not the time for pointing fingers but a time to seek increased collaboration and dialogue, allowing all stakeholders to participate in a meaningful and constructive way.   

“At this time, the country needs leaders – including Trade Union leaders - who are willing to look past all differences and seek solutions to the challenges we face.”

“Myopic viewpoints and unreasonable demands that seek to promote specific agendas rather that finding innovative solutions should not be the first course of action.”

AMCHAM T&T added that it stands ready to assist and participate in the reformation of NTAC to facilitate meaningful dialogue and a path forward.  

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