Employers’ Consultative Association of Trinidad and Tobago (ECA)
January 10th, 2022
It is once again a distinct pleasure to extend warm greetings from the ECA. This new decade began with the global community engulfed, as some commentators have described, in a pandemic of unprecedented proportion. The reality is that COVID-19 has created a health crisis, a socioeconomic crisis and a world of work crisis.
Given the continued impact of this pandemic both domestically and internationally, the uncertainty around its depth and duration and the recent declines in oil prices, there is no question that from a financial perspective, T&T is also standing on shaky ground. However, similar to the remarkable successes realised in “flattening T&T’s curve”, the ECA is confident that we can recover and build back better for long-term sustainability.
However, recovery necessitates our coming together as citizens and leaders of society to create a future that is sustainable in economic, social, and environmental terms. There must be a tangible manifestation of the commitment that no one will be left behind and principled compromises in the sharing of the burden of adjustment among social partners. I cannot overemphasise the importance of an active commitment to a progressive system of Tripartite Social Dialogue built on trust, mutual respect, collaboration, and consensus.
From the ECA’s perspective, we must first appreciate and firmly accept that “we are in this together; we will be able to come out of this together; and most importantly, we are stronger together”. We remain committed to supporting the employer community in this regard through responsible advocacy, informed representation and the provision of innovative and transformational services.