The neighbours' homes are on fire
The labour leaders Ancel Roget, David Abdulah and Vincent Cabrera must look at what is happening in Spain, France and other countries experiencing severe financial hardships and note that our neighbours homes are on fire and we have to wet ours.
There is evidence in Spain which suggests that infant malnutrition is a reality for the first time in decades. Youth unemployment stands at 50 per cent at this time. The national unemployment stands at 24.3 per cent today. University graduates are delivering pizza as the employment doors are closed to them.
Spain's economic crisis has turned the middle class into squatters and about 200 homes are being repossessed daily. That is the reality of Spain today and Cabrera and his prime minister must take stock or check with their comrades in Spain and find out how life is there. Spanish parents are encouraging their children to leave the country. There is a brain drain in the country.
Trinidad and Tobago is blessed to have had a prudent minister of finance in Winston Dookeran to stabilise our economy. If not, I believe we would have been worse than Spain as we have had that experience just 30 years ago when there was massive retrenchment, repossessing of properties of all description, closure of business and much more.
The People's Partnership Government is blessed with the human resources to see us through this economic mess and will treat with all outstanding labour negotiations in a way to benefit all.
I hope Spain takes a peek into how Mr Dookeran saved us from bankruptcy.