Thursday, December 14, 2017

Where are our role models?

ECA in Labour Day message:


WAITING FOR CORN: Vendors do a brisk trade yesterday with ‘boil’ and roast corn on Avocat Junction, Fyzabad during the Labour Day celebrations. —Photo: TREVOR WATSON

Mark Fraser

 The Employers’ Consultative Association (ECA) has noted that yesterday’s Labour Day celebrations were being held in a politically charged environment, where the perception is that the general public has either lost confidence or is losing confidence in our institutions and their ability to live up to, and deliver on the high ideals and expectations of society. 

“On a daily basis, there is a cry for the return to the high standards of morality and ethical conduct for all those who hold public office in our beloved T&T,” the ECA said in its Labour Day message issued on Wednesday. “The soul-searching question is, “where are our role models?” ...and, more importantly, how can we expect our young people to strive for excellence and to adopt and live those core values we espouse if, as leaders, we continue to create and contribute to the nurturing of a community of indifference and one that is void of moral and spiritual values?”

The group noted: “As the representative of employers and by extension the people of Trinidad and Tobago, we have not lost hope. We are still of the belief that we are a resilient people, who possess creativity, innovativeness and the level of conviction to navigate through these challenging times. We are driven by a keen sense of purpose which has, as the primary objective, ‘the building of a better Trinidad and Tobago, marked by sustainable and inclusive growth, a diversified economy, strong and effective institutional frameworks and effective leadership at all levels’.”

The ECA said as an active voice in the on-going conversation between Tripartite partners to build a better Trinidad and Tobago, “we are calling into action the resilience that resides within each and every one of us. Displaying a true spirit of Resilience is not just about deflecting challenges more than it is about being able to absorb them and rebound stronger than before”.

The statement said there were still a number of issues and challenges that confronted the population which required among other things, an agreement to a sense of purpose; commitment to creating a shared vision; willingness to overcome our adversarial histories and a commitment to building trust and mutual respect.