Chamber: "Labour Movement reckless to call for riot"

Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 14:30

The Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce says it deems it wholly unsatisfactory that members of the Labour Movement should call for citizens to riot in a show of discontent with the National Budget measures for fiscal 2018.

The Chamber has issued a statement saying that at a time when our country is grappling with challenging economic conditions, such rhetoric, inciting citizens to mobilize in mass protest can only be described as reckless.

"The T&T Chamber recalls that earlier this year, similar utterances became a major cause for concern, given the then apparent cavalier attitude towards the prospect of driving investment away from T&T. Needless to say, any such fallout could only serve to intensify already trying times for all who share the burden - including the more vulnerable among us. Instead of calls for disruptive activity, the T&T Chamber is of the view that there needs to be a commitment to tripartite discussions to work through issues of national importance," the statement said.

The Chamber added that this approach must be undertaken with all key stakeholders on board – Government, the business community and the Labour Movement.

"The T&T Chamber subscribes fully to the ideals of constructive dialogue as established through the National Tripartite Advisory Council (NTAC). Anything less, would be counter-productive to securing a better future for all of us who live and work in Trinidad and Tobago," it said.