The country's business chambers say that employees from across the business sector have ignored calls from trade union leaders to participate in an illegal national strike.
The Employers Consultative Association of Trinidad and Tobago (ECA) is applauding the majority of our public servants and the citizenry for what it says is "their patriotism and mature response to the September 7th call for a day of rest and reflection".
"Based on reports, many public offices reported near normal staff turnout by public servants who showed up to fulfill their duties and serve the needs of the people of Trinidad and Tobago," the ECA said in a statement issued Friday afternoon.
Double-Olympic medallist, Keshorn Walcott, brought smiles to the faces of kids at Bridge of Hope Children’s Home as he personally assisted with the purchase and distribution of back-to-school supplies via bmobile’s 2018 Book Buddies Programme.
Approximately 15 children of the Sangre Chiquito-based institution – ranging from Pre-School to Standard Three – were beneficiaries of this year’s Book Buddies Programme which saw stationery, textbooks, book bags and craft items voluntarily sponsored by employees and Keshorn Walcott.
Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley received a courtesy call from Chairman of Royal Dutch Shell, Charles O. Holliday today at the Diplomatic Centre, St. Anns.
Minister of Energy and Energy Industries, Franklin Khan and Minister of National Security, Minister of Communications and Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister, Stuart Young were also at the meeting.
The Trinidad and Tobago Manufacturers’ Association (TTMA) says a nationwide shutdown on Friday will negatively impact the interests of the majority of citizens.
The TTMA is the latest organisation to object to the nationwide shutdown on Friday.
The TTMA issued the following statement on Tuesday.
"The Trinidad and Tobago Manufacturers’ Association (TTMA) stands in solidarity with all unions negotiating for safe working conditions, fair wages and the best interests of their workers.
The Employers' Consultative Association (ECA) is reminding citizens that employers have no obligation under law to pay workers who stay away from work on Friday.
The ECA says citizens must be mindful that a national shutdown, even for a short period, can impact this country's ability to compete globally.
The ECA issued the following statement on Tuesday.
"It is no secret that our nation continues to face tough economic times.