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Given the prevailing harsh economic realities, the Employers Consultative Association of Trinidad and Tobago (ECA) wishes to provide its initial reactions following the 2017/2018 National Budget presentation. In general, the budget was fairly balanced with a mix of austerity measures and incentives as we all try to do more with less. The Government must therefore be commended for achieving a reduction in the budget deficit. This is certainly a move in the right direction.

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On August 30th, 1962, Dr. Eric Williams, the first Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago articulated his vision for what was then an infant nation on the cusp of a new journey. Discipline, Production and Tolerancewere the watchwords bequeathed to a newly independent nation meant to reflect the guiding principles and values in the development of the country and its people.

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For the next twelve (12) months JSL International will hold the prestigious title of Champion Employer of the Year. The Houston, Texas-based logistical and project support services company, overcame a number of small, medium and large contenders after a comprehensive adjudication process to emerge as the most exemplary employer in Trinidad and Tobago.

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The Employers Consultative Association of Trinidad and Tobago (ECA) is calling for good sense to prevail as we collectively strive to overcome the current turbulent economic challenges facing our nation. In this regard, the ECA believes that the recent call by Mr. Ancel Roget, President of the Joint Trade Union Movement, for consumers to boycott businesses owned by the so called “elitist one percent” cannot be seen as a reasonable, responsible, or rational course of action.

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As we continue to navigate this period of economic uncertainty and the resultant declines in Government revenue and availability of jobs, the Employers Consultative Association of Trinidad and Tobago (ECA) finds it unfortunate, at the very least, that Trinidad and Tobago will not be benefitting from the local construction of bpTT’s Angelin platform.

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The Employers Consultative Association of Trinidad and Tobago (ECA) continues to follow recent heightened activity by the Trade Union movement, following Labour Day observances last month which has led to several joint Union exercises across the country. According to reports, the culmination of this exercise is expected to be a mass demonstration on August 4th in resistance to several social and labour related issues, including retrenchment of workers and the perceived inequity in sharing the burden of adjustment required to survive the current socio-economic challenges facing Trinidad and Tobago (T&T).

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The Employers Consultative Association of Trinidad and Tobago (ECA) applauds the indication by the Minister of Education about discussion and consultation on the proposition of a “carnival week” off for students, however the ECA urges that such discussion must be holistic and wide-ranging. The importance of such a discussion at the national level cannot be overemphasised as it has serious implications for the productivity levels in our beloved country.

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The Employers Consultative Association of Trinidad and Tobago (ECA) announces the appointment of a new Chairman and five (5) new Directors to its Board of Directors for the period 2017 to 2020. The appointments were made following elections at the ECA’s 57th Annual General Meeting, which took place at its Conference and Training Facility in Aranguez on Thursday 29th June 2017.

Keston Nancoo, Group Vice President, Human Resource Services at Guardian Holdings Limited succeeds Suzetta Ali as head of the ECA. This is Nancoo’s second term at the helm of this premier Employers organisation, having previously served from 2011 to 2014.

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