Editorial: Make a choice

POSTED: 10/3/11 8:26 PM

It is notable that Minister or Public Health, Social Development and Labor Cornelius de Weever has signed a resolution to establish a tri-partite committee that will advise the government on the labor market. One has to pause and ask if efforts aren’t being duplicated, now that the country has a Socio-Economic Council (SER) where the all of the partners in tri-partite dialog – government, business and unions – have representation in that body.

An honest look at the role of the SER and of the Tripartite Committee will reveal that all the minister has really done is construct a new layer of bureaucracy. We say this because the SER is an independent agency that is tasked with giving solicited or unsolicited advice on socio-economic issues – which includes labor regulations.

We imagine a situation now where the tripartite committee will look at a matter and then deliver a position. That then goes to the SER where the same parties are represented and for what? Another  review? Because honestly it’s not likely that much if anything will change when the issue goes there.

In this instance, we believe that the government should make a choice of one or the other. There is no need for two instances with the same representation to look at the same issue. That is a waste of time and will not deliver the expedience this country needs in dealing with adapting its regulations to meet current and future trends.

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