Social Dialogue Task Force (SDTF)

Trinidad and Tobago

Trinidad and Tobago

Date of entry: October 7, 2015

Member of ILO

Social Dialogue Task Force (SDTF)

Mission and attributions

The SDTF was established to undertake the following:

  1. identify and prioritize the key issues affecting the social and economic sustainability of Trinidad and Tobago in light of global, regional and national changes in the socio-economic and labour environments.
  2. develop an overarching Agreement detailing the principles, values, objectives and goals of the Social Dialogue Process.
  3. develop an Implementation Plan and Operational Plan for the Social Dialogue Process.
  4.  develop a Proposal for the establishment of a Secretariat to support the work of the Social Dialogue Process.
  5. develop a Marketing Plan for the Social Dialogue Process with communication and marketing support provided by the Government Information Services Limited.
  6.  identify the priority issues which may form the subject of Protocols to be developed over time.
  7. co-opt the assistance of experts and/or establish technical support groups in the development and implementation of Partnership Agreements/Protocols.
  8. prepare a budget for the development and implementation of the Social Dialogue Process and its associated Agreements, including an immediate and long-term funding mechanism.
  9.  develop and establish monitoring and feedback mechanisms to assess progress and obtain reviews on the implementation of the Agreements of the Social Dialogue Process.
  10. develop and implement a mechanism for addressing disputes/complaints arising out of non-observance of the Protocols associated with the Social Dialogue Process.
  11. encourage and promote consultations in furtherance of the development and implementation of the Social Dialogue Process.
  12. undertake other related actions deemed necessary in the successful development and implementation of the Social Dialogue Process.

Functioning of the ESC

 In the intervening periods between monthly meetings, work is undertaken by Sub-Committees, as required, with decisions made by consensus at the plenary sessions.  Sub-Committees are tripartite in nature.   The SDTF seeks to build linkages with other agencies/organizations with specialized knowledge in areas under consideration.  Regular exchanges are held with Ministers responsible for the portfolios of Finance and the Economy; Planning and Sustainable Development; Trade, Industry, Investment and Communications; and Public Administration. The SDTF applies the Chatham House Rule at all meetings which permits Members to share the information discussed with constituents but without revealing the identity or affiliation of the speaker (s) or that of any other participant.

Best practices

While the work of the SDTF is still at an early stage to identify best practices, some approaches which have been useful and effective to date include the following:

  • Use of tripartite Sub-Committees to prepare proposals for consideration of the SDTF – Sub-Committees generally comprise three (3) to six (6) Members of the SDTF with specific interest in the areas under discussion.  Sub-Committee meetings are held, as required, between regular meetings of the SDTF and allow more time for discussion and elaboration of proposals which makes the process of building consensus easier.  It has also allowed Members to build greater levels of trust and camaraderie among themselves.
  • Application of the Chatham House Rule – The application of this rule at meetings of the SDTF has helped to avert any miscommunication between the SDTF and the public as well as in attributing any perspective to given Members.


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