MSPA grants the bonus to the workers who participated in the strike
This positive response was further to the call for national healing initiated by the new Prime Minister and Minister of Finance as well as meetings held last week with the Ministers of Employment and Agribusiness respectively. (Image: Earth Divas’ Blog)
The members of the Mauritius Sugar Producers’ Association responded positively to the request of the government for national healing, and agreed to pay the bonus to the workers who participated in the strike, announced the MSPA on December 26, 2014.
This positive response was further to the call for national healing initiated by the new Prime Minister and Minister of Finance as well as meetings held last week with the Ministers of Employment and Agribusiness respectively.
Hence, all the workers who participated in the strike will be paid exceptionally various bonuses, despite the eight days of strike.
It may be noted that at the beginning of this month, the members of the MSPA received a formal notice from the Joint Negotiating Panel (JNP) to pay the annual premiums for presence, attendance and seniority to employees who participated in the strike and also requesting assurance that no harm should be caused to them.
And if the MSPA failed to take the notice into consideration, the JNP warned that it will take legal action.
Besides, a week after the resumption of work, the impact of the strike can be ascertained to have been negative at all levels such as employees have lost part of their remuneration, the sector as a whole has declined not only in operational and financial terms – several thousand tons of cane were condemned and harvest has been extended until the end of January next year — but also in terms of its reputation in the international markets.
Conversely, the MSPA said on December 15, 2014 that it is willing to work with the new government by responding to the call of the new Prime Minister Sir Anerood Jugnauth and the Minister of Finance, Vishnu Lutchmeenaraidoo, for the payment of the 8-day strike.
Finally, in recent discussions with the Minister of Labour, it was confirmed that what had been approved previously for the recovery of the industrial dispute by an independent arbitrator should be done in a timely manner.