Industrial Court slams claim of bias

THE Industrial Court of Trinidad and Tobago is taking issue with recent statements made by Chief Executive Officer of the TT Chamber of Industry and Commerce Catherine Kumar who claimed that the Court is biased against employers.

In a statement to the media yesterday, the Court says its President, Deborah Thomas- Felix, has stated and wishes to re-emphasise that in seeking to advance arguments on the workings and operations of the Industrial Court, critics must not seek to diminish the independence of the institution. It said the Court welcomes constructive criticism but cautions that boundaries between criticism and seeking to influence outcomes must not be blurred. 

“One may disagree with some rulings of the Court, but to seek to impugn its impartiality or diminish the importance of its role and function will not be countenanced,” the Court said. 

“We wish to remind the public that the Industrial Court is a superior court of record and has the powers to address any matter, issue or comment which it regards as contempt of court.” On Thursday’s Business Watch feature aired on CNC3, Kumar said there must be fairness on both sides. 

Source: Newsday

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