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Labour Minister Jennifer Baptiste-
Primus says contract labour in T&T
has gotten out of control and has
formed a parallel workforce to per-
She said so yesterday while address-
ing the media at yesterday s post-
Cabinet press conference.
Baptiste-Primus said her ministry
would hold a workshop in March
aimed at reducing the dependency on
She added the PNM had made an
agreement with the Joint Trade Union
Movement (JTUM) prior to the elec-
tion to look at the issue of contract
JTUM signed a memorandum of
understanding with the PNM to look
at several issues facing the working
class in T&T.
"The government can address con-
tract workers in terms of the public
service and we will also attempt to
influence the other employers in the
country to minimise their dependence
on contract labour," Baptiste-Primus
She said there was a Cabinet-
appointed committee to look at the
issue of contract labour.
"The whole principle of contract
labour has gotten out of control.
"The principle of contract labour
is having a clearly defined job to be
done, giving someone a contract to
do that job and when that contract
comes to an end, then the person goes
his or her own way but that has not
been the case," she added.
She said contract labour had formed
a parallel workforce.
"If an organisation, the nature of
an organisation requires a particular
function to be done on a continuous
nature then there is no need for a
contract to be given. That person
should be hired as a permanent work-
er."She said the Government intended
to keep faith with the assurances given
and by the end of March would have
a skeletal framework to move forward.
Baptiste-Primus held a two-day
stakeholders consultation, which began
on Wednesday, with the Co-operative
Credit Union Movement on two con-
troversial pieces of legislation.
The legislation under review were
the Co-operative Societies Amend-
ment Bill of 2014 and the Credit Union
Bill of 2014.
Both bills sought to treat the credit
unions as a banking institution, a move
protested by credit unions.
She said 300 representatives met
to look at the bill on Wednesday and
hoped they would come up with a
framework and a justification for
amendments that the ministry would
have to make.
Baptiste-Primus also met with the
labour movement, employers and
business chambers on the advice of
the Industrial Relations Advisory
The groups met to discuss the
Industrial Relations Bill 2015, which
she said brought unity between the
trade union movement and the
"They both rejected the legislation
as their was not enough consultation,"
Further consultation is expected
to take place next month.
Minister speaks out against 'parallel workforce'
Contract labour out of control
Carlene Seudat, director
Collections Hub of
Scotiabank and director
of the Scotiabank
Daniel Gulston, of City
Sun Valley Pan Grove,
with a financial
contribution at a
handover ceremony in
which 45 independent
received assistance from
the bank's foundation in
preparation for the
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