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Chamber calls for end to office shutdowns

Saturday, May 17, 2014

The T&T Chamber of Commerce yesterday expressed concern about targeted shutdowns of government offices by the Public Services Association (PSA) and called for alternative methods to be used before resorting to disruptive measures. 



“Like all organisations, the employer is responsible for completing a risk assessment to ensure that its work place environment complies with the OSH Act. Where there are deficiencies, the employer should correct these in a proactive manner.  We are of the view that employees must be assured safe working environments as provided under the OSH Act,” the Chamber said in a statement.  



The group noted the announcement by Finance Minister Larry Howai that just over $1 billion was approved for completion of the Government Campus buildings and that OSH issues at the Immigration and Board of Inland Revenue buildings are being addressed. 


“While laudable, the Chamber believes that there must be a more proactive approach to management of our public service facilities. A well-functioning and efficient public service supports the development of society and ensures social and economic balance, while providing life’s certainties to citizens,” the Chamber said.