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Media Release: Ministry of Labour hosts Joint Webinar Series with the Supermarket Association of Trinidad and Tobago titled “WE EMPOWER…YOU THRIVE”

Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago - Tuesday 14th July, 2020

The Ministry of Labour and Small Enterprise Development (MOLSED) is collaborating with the Supermarket Association of Trinidad and Tobago (SATT) and the Occupational Safety and Health Authority (OSHA), which is an Agency of the MOLSED, with the National Insurance Board (NIB) as a key participant, to host a six (6) week Webinar Series.

The Online Series which is titled “WE EMPOWER….YOU THRIVE” will be jointly hosted every Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. beginning from July 15th to August 19th 2020 and will be facilitated via Zoom.

This comes at a time when the population is attempting to recover from unprecedented social and economic effects of the Covid-19 Pandemic.

Minister of Labour and Small Enterprise Development, Senator the Hon. Jennifer Baptiste-Primus acknowledges the devastating effects that COVID-19 has created for both employer and employee within the business community; and welcomes this invigorating Webinar Series. Minister Baptiste-Primus believes that this recovery period calls for this type of collaboration, given that it is difficult for businesses to adjust to the ‘new normal’ on their own. She says “This multi-pronged initiative is the first of its kind and provides the stimulus for the development and continuation of robust collaboration between Government Organizations, the business community and workforce.”

In similar fashion, Mr. Rajiv Diptee, President of the Supermarket Association of Trinidad and Tobago stated that “The Association feels a very strong obligation to its members and the wider retail sector as we engage this ground breaking suite of webinars with the Ministry of Labour and Small Enterprise Development.

We absolutely agree that this public private sector collaboration is essential to assist supermarkets as well as other small and medium enterprises in various facets of their operations as per labour policies."

The first Zoom Session is carded for this Wednesday, July 15th 2020 and will feature, Radesh Bassant, Public Relations Officer of the National Insurance Board.

Employees and employers of groceries, pharmacies and retail stores throughout Trinidad and Tobago are invited to register to participate in these interactive presentations which will be conducted by a panel of experts from NIB, OSHA and the MOLSED’s Labour Inspectorate and HIV Workplace Advocacy Units. At these sessions, participants will be actively engaged on topics that will guide the way in which businesses operate within the ambit of the labour laws, especially while adapting to the ‘new normal’, inherent to the post-Covid work environment.

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