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Mauritius Cabinet mandates Workers’ Pocket Guide on Employment Rights Act

Mauritius Cabinet mandates Workers’ Pocket Guide on Employment Rights Act

In order to sensitize local and foreign workers on their rights, the Labour Ministry will henceforth publish on its website a Workers’ Pocket Guide on the Employment Rights Act. (Image: Construction Week Online)

Aiming to enhance dignity of labour in Mauritius in particular, and to improve the quality of life of Mauritian citizens in general, the Mauritius Cabinet has come forward with a slew of measures, following its weekly meeting held on September 12, 2014.

In order to sensitize local and foreign workers on their rights, the Labour Ministry will henceforth publish on its website a Workers’ Pocket Guide on the Employment Rights Act.

The guide covers, amongst others, terms and conditions of employment such as working hours; overtime payment, meal allowance, travelling benefits, end-of-year bonus; leave; discrimination at work; protection against termination of agreement; payment of severance allowance; and violence at work.

The Cabinet has also taken note of developments in housing and related projects, where the programme consists of construction of 10,000 housing units for low income families drawing a monthly household income of less than Rs 10,000, and the provision of 5,000 serviced apartments for lower middle income families with a monthly household income between Rs 10,000 and Rs 25,000.

The programme is being implemented on land obtained under the Government/MSPA Agreement, and on vacant plots of State land within NHDC housing estates.

As on date, some 1,400 housing units are being constructed and 458 serviced sites provided in various regions of the country, where, from January to August 2014, some 1,523 families have benefitted from the grant for casting of roof slabs.

Another initiative which the Cabinet has taken note of are the campaigns being conducted by the Ministry of Business, Enterprise and Cooperatives under the Cooperative Entrepreneurship Programme to raise awareness on the potential of cooperative entrepreneurship and the use of the cooperative model to become self-employed and be economically independent.

Since the launch of the project, around 1,400 persons, particularly women and youth, have been trained on basic elements of how to start a business. Also under the project, 13 applications for the setting up of new women cooperative societies have been received and two have already been registered.

Moving forward, the ICT Ministry, in collaboration with Emtel Ltd, is organizing a workshop on the theme ‘The Future of Digital Banking and Payments’ on September 25, 2014 which will feature the latest digital payment mechanisms, sharing of international best practices, and analyzing the right eco-system for the uptake of digital payment.

During the workshop, an expert in Internet Banking from Finland and a founding member and Chairperson of Mobey Forum, the leading global organisation for promoting mobile financial transaction, Bo Harald , would share his experience and insights on the subject.

The Cabinet has also taken note of the outcome of the recent mission of the Minister of Industry, Commerce and Consumer Protection to the Republic of Turkey, for the participation of Mauritius as partner country at the 83rd Izmir International Fair.

During the international fair, products of 40 Mauritian companies were exhibited and several potential buyers have scheduled visits to Mauritius in the coming months to conduct factory inspections and to work out trial order details.

With a view to promote closer Turkish-Mauritian linkages, the President of the Assembly of the Izmir Chamber of Commerce, Rebii Akdurak, has offered one full scholarship at undergraduate/graduate level at the Izmir University of Economics to one Mauritian student for the academic year starting end-September 2014.

The Cabinet ended on the note that the Minister of Industry, Commerce and Consumer Protection would make the Consumer Protection (Export Control) (Amendment No. 2) Regulations to allow export of samples of textiles and textile articles to USA and Canada without the need for an export permit in order to maintain and improve the trade competitiveness of local industries.

Such exports would, however, be subject to the following two conditions: a) the sample should be exported for the purpose of analysis or marketing only; and b) the sample’s value should not exceed USD 250.

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