Lewis urges CARICOM to implement decision to give seat to labour, private sector at Heads of Gov’t ‘table’

Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley could play a key role in securing seats for the regional private sector and the trade union movement at the CARICOM Heads of Government table

Veteran Guyanese trade unionist, Lincoln Lewis has told the Stabroek Business that CARICOM must move expeditiously to ensure the urgent implementation of the recent decision by Heads of Government that the revised Treaty of Chaguaramas be amended to allow representatives of the private sector and labour to participate in CARICOM Heads of Government meetings.

Lewis, the General Secretary of the Guyana Trades Union Congress, says its implementation without delay will mark “a key step towards the democratization of decision-making at the regional level”.

“I think that such a decision has been a long time coming though my concern is that given that now the development has been made public that it be followed by effective implementation in the shortest possible time. Actually this is nothing new. The trade union movement’s role in the socio-political evolution of the Caribbean has been well known and what we are witnessing is the materialisation of what ought to be a logical process,” Lewis told Stabroek Business…..

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