DOMA against PSA's call for "holiday" on Thursday & Friday

The Downtown Owners and Merchants Association (DOMA) is speaking out against the call by PSA President Watson Duke for workers of the Board of Inland Revenue and Customs and Excise Division to stay away from work on Thursday and Friday.

DOMA issued the following statement today.

"On behalf of the members of the Downtown Owners and Merchants community we wish to express serious apprehensions regarding the call by the PSA  President for Thursday and Friday to be days of rest for the Board and Inland Revenue and the Customs and Excise Division.

Finance Ministry: Thursday and Friday are normal working days

The Ministry of Finance is telling workers attached to the Inland Revenue Division and the Customs and Excise Division, that Thursday and Friday are normal working days.

This comes in light of a call by the president of the Public Services Association, Watson Duke, for workers of the two divisions to take a holiday on those days.

The Ministry has outlined the conditions for workers to not show up for work.

The following is a statement by the Ministry:

TSTT assures no retrenchment with decision for third parties to run retail stores

State-owned TSTT is assuring that not a single worker will be retrenched following a decision to have third parties run its retail stores.

The statement comes after the Communication Workers Union criticized the move saying hundreds of workers will be sent home.

In the statement, TSTT confirms that it will redirect operations from nine retail centers.

He says as part of the process TSTT retail staff will be reassigned to other parts of the company.

Chamber: "Labour Movement reckless to call for riot"

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.

Schools closed on Friday

There will be no school this coming Friday - 6th October, 2017 to cater for a national convention by the representing union.

According to the Ministry of Education, it has given the Trinidad and Tobago Unified Teachers Association permission for teachers to attend National Convention of Teachers 2017, which will be held on Friday from 9am to 3pm.

Therefore, Primary, Secondary and Early Childhood Care and Education Centres will be closed to facilitate the convention.

ECA: Budget was fairly balanced

The Employers Consultative Association of Trinidad and Tobago (ECA) says its initial assessment of the Budget is that it is balanced.

The ECA is pleased with measures directed towards the strengthening of small businesses and measures to encourage more tripartite consultation.

The ECA issued the following reaction to the Budget presentation: