More bonus for workers in Mauritius under revised Employment Act
Labour Minister Shakeel Mohamed stated that, due to repeated requests from union activists, the ministry agreed on the amendment which is expected to guarantee a more just payout to employees. (Image: business.mega.mu)
Union activists’ request to the Labour Ministry for fairer payouts will finally bear fruit, with an amended Employment Rights Act being voted in tomorrow at the Mauritius national assembly.
A new way of calculating the end of year bonus will be adopted and this should come into effect as from the start of next year.
Through this new formula, all workers will benefit from a fair and “more money for all” end of year bonus.
The Act will be modified soon and will contain a new sub-section in article 31A which will take into account the revision regarding end of year bonus.
A new definition will be given to the term ‘earnings’ that forms the basis of the calculation of the end of year bonus.
Except commission, the bonus will comprise of all other payable remuneration related to work done, including all allowances, as well as refund of annual and sick leaves, maternity and paternity benefits, among others.
Being a part of the Economic and Financial Measures Bill, this revision, which aims at making mandatory the announced measures for the Budget, will be voted in tomorrow.
Labour Minister Shakeel Mohamed stated that, due to repeated requests from union activists, the ministry agreed on the amendment which is expected to guarantee a more just payout to employees.
It may be noted that the General Workers Federation negotiator Ashok Subron, together with other union activists, has been requesting the government for this amendment for many years now.
Their efforts have finally been crowned with success, and now, they await the early implementation of the act.