The executive council of the Cayman Islands Chamber of Commerce is not launching any new salvo in a brief verbal skirmish with the Minister for Education and Employment.
Minister Tara Rivers sharply criticized now-former Chamber President Barry Bodden for a 27 January comment about a lack of feedback from government on a package of possible changes to labour laws. The Minister called the comments inaccurate.
On Tuesday (9 February), the Chamber council released a statement that said, “it is unfortunate that the Minister feels it necessary to issue such a negative statement.” The council said it “intends to focus on moving forward in partnership with Government.”
New Chamber President Paul Pearson took issue with Minister Rivers’ assertion that the Chamber wanted to dictate matters to the government. “It’s not about any one party dictating to another,” he said, “No partnership works if one partner is dictating to another and vice versa, so it’s never been about that.”
The statement indicated that Chamber leaders were not aware until the Minister’s comments last Friday (5 February) that the group’s input on proposed labour law changes last summer had been woven into a new bill draft. That draft, however, remains under wraps.