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Saturday 16 December 2017

Industrial Court praised for its service over 50 years

“Economic growth will be irrelevant if it does not take into account the betterment of each and every sector of society” according to the President of the Industrial court of Trinidad and Tobago, Mrs. Deborah Thomas-Felix.

She was, at the time, making her opening remarks at the Inter-faith Service of Divine Worship in commemoration of the “golden anniversary” of the Industrial Court of Trinidad and Tobago.

The service was held yesterday at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Port-of-Spain.

The president of the Court spoke to a gathering of labour activists, judges and members of staff in the Industrial Court, highlighting the significant contribution of the court over the past 50 years.

She said since 1965, when the Industrial Stabalisation Act was proclaimed, the Industrial Court had been in operation, where it had survived the initial belief that the court would be used as a tool to advance the interests of the elite, and trample on the rights of workers.

There was the initial belief that the court would have developed into an institution that promotes good industrial relations, social dialogue and a sound legal framework, which Felix said was at the core of every nation’s economic and social development.

“These practices help to promote better working conditions, better wages as well as to ensure social stability and peace, which ultimately leads to economic growth and a more equitable, and just society for all,” Felix said.

She added that the industrial court has become a “modern, independent, respectful model for social justice delivery, with emphasis on employers and workers rights, duties and obligations” She also said the court today was now a pillar for social peace and justice, and inclusiveness.

“As an institution, we remain committed to the promotion and protection of the fundamental principles and rights at work” Felix proclaimed.

The service which began at 10 am, did not only involve speeches from the president, but members of the congregation were also entertained by the Bishop Anstey High School Senior Choir, which performed “Clap Your Hands” by George and Ira Gershwin.

There were also musical interludes by Nakita Gadsby, and Gerard Placide, followed by a dance performance by the Shiv Shakti Dancers.


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