MSPA willing to initiates discussion on the remuneration of employees who participated in the strike
Director of the MSPA, Jean Li, has declared that members of the MSPA are opened to discussion and they are waiting for the implementation of the new government to be able to start the discussion on the matter. (Image: TopNews)
Having at heart the national cooling off after the general elections the new Prime Minister Sir Aneerood Jugnauth and the Future Minister of Finance Vishnu Lutchmeenaraidoo have made an appeal to the Mauritius Sugar Producers` Association (MSPA) to pay the employees who participated in the 8 days strike.
The MSPA has for its part declared that they were willing to collaborate with the new government, and this after having declared in its last communiqué that they were not going to remunerate those who participated in the strike in line with the country`s law.
Section 83 (2) of the Employment Relations Act advocates that the employee participating in a legal strike is not entitled to compensation during the strike, including de facto paying bonuses or bonus linked to working days unrealised during this strike.
Director of the MSPA, Jean Li has declared that the members of the MSPA are opened to discussion and that they are waiting for the implementation of the new government to be able to start the discussion on the matter.
“We hope to find a solution which serves the interest of everyone, while measuring the potential impact which it could have on various sectors of the state economy,” he further added.
Finally, the strike has caused a painful tear in industrial relations where 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.