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Wage increases on the cards for Mauritian workers

Wage increases on the cards for Mauritian workers

For Mauritian workers drawing less than Rs 6,500 a month, the time for celebration may be drawing near. The Minister of Labour, Industrial Relations and Employment has referred to the National Remuneration Board (NRB) 14 remuneration regulations covering such workers. (Image: en.indian-ocean-times.com)

For Mauritian workers drawing less than Rs 6,500 a month, the time for celebration may be drawing near. The Minister of Labour, Industrial Relations and Employment has referred to the National Remuneration Board (NRB) 14 remuneration regulations covering such workers.

The NRB has been requested to review the minimum wages of workers governed by these 14 remuneration regulations.  The remuneration regulations cover employees across diverse fields such as baking, cinema workers, domestic workers, export enterprises, factory employees, field crop and orchard workers, light metal & wooden furniture workshops, livestock workers, nursing homes, pre-primary school employees, private secondary school employees, salt manufacturing industry, sugar industry and tea industry.

In order to decide the quantum of the increase, the NRB has invited written representations from affected parties which should reach the chairperson by November 13.

Besides the minimum wage review for workers across sectors, the Minister of Labour, Industrial Relations and Employment is soon expected to promulgate the Printing Industry (Remuneration Order) Regulations. These changes will take place 17 years after the Remuneration Orders (RO) were first revised in 1996 and will incorporate the recommendations of the National Remuneration Board for printing employees.

An increase ranging from 7% to as much as 47% is planned across all categories of printing employees. The corresponding quantum of wage increase ranges from Rs 800 to Rs 4300. Accordingly, the monthly salary of an employee would increase from Rs 6,471 to Rs 7,900 in the first year to a maximum salary of Rs 8,675 after five years of service. The salaries of clerks, typists, receptionists and telephone operators would rise from Rs 6,956 to Rs 8,852, showing an increase of 27%. After ten years of service, they will receive a maximum salary of Rs 10,927. Supervisors will see their salaries rise from Rs 12,056 to Rs 16,330. For layout artists and proof readers, recommended minimum salaries are Rs 10,536 and Rs 10,285 respectively.

Other improved conditions include the payment of an allowance of 20% of base salary for work performed during night or evening shift, the increase in maternity allowance by Rs 500 to Rs 3000, an increased death allocation, up from Rs 2,000 to Rs 3,500, and an increase in the minimum age to be hired as apprentice from 15 to 16 years.

Statistics compiled by the NRB show that at least 1,565 workers were employed in the printing industry in 2011, of which there were 547 females. Also, the contribution of small and medium enterprises had increased from 26% in 2005 to as much as 41% in 2011.

Source: Government of Mauritius

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