Several private sector organisations have restated their commitment to the tripartite process in this country.

In a joint statement issued today, the private sector groups express hope that national trade unions can return to working with other partners in the tripartite process.

The statement was signed by the CEOs and chairmen of several business lobby groups, namely: American Chamber of Commerce of T&T (AMCHAM T&T); Energy Chamber of Trinidad & Tobago; Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce (TT Chamber); Tobago Division of the TT Chamber; Trinidad and Tobago Manufacturers Association (TTMA); and Employers’ Consultative Association of Trinidad and Tobago (ECATT).

The full text of the joint statement issued today, follows…

JOINT STATEMENT FROM PRIVATE SECTOR ORGANISATIONS ON TRIPARTISM

As the Private Sector representatives on the National Tripartite Advisory Council, we wish to reaffirm our commitment to the tripartite process. We have taken note of the reasons given by the Trade Union sector for their withdrawal from the NTAC and are hopeful that differences can be resolved so that all parties can return to the tripartite process.

Multi-sectoral collaboration is never easy. In fact, it is usually extremely complicated. We continue to believe in the importance and value of good-faith dialogue. We remain ready and willing to continue to engage in such discussions as we seek to develop consensus around issues of national concern and development.