GIS - 09 October, 2014: Think wisely, reinvent yourself and scale up your ambitions to become a centre of excellence, and stay ahead of the curve and be competitive. These ambitions will nurture hope in the minds of young people which you are called upon to transform so that they are responsive to the needs not only of Mauritius and the continent, but also of the world.
This appeal to employees of the University of Technology Mauritius (UTM) was made by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade, Dr Arvin Boolell, GOSK, at the launching, this morning, of a half-day workshop organised by the University of Technology Mauritius Employees Union in collaboration with the UTM at La Tour Koenig. The workshop aimed at creating awareness among management and employees of the UTM of both their rights and duties. The theme of the workshop was ‘Union members know much more about their rights as employees than their duties towards their employees’.
According to Dr Boolell, the theme of the workshop is very challenging as it involves introspection and a sense of responsibility and realism from all participants. The Minister said that the workshop should enable participants to identify shortcomings, take measure to redress what may appear as difficult situations, look ahead, move beyond the frontiers and establish new ones. He urged them to exchange information, share thoughts and speak up, as well as adopt hands-up approach during the seminar. “The half-day workshop goes beyond an interactive session as, at the end of the day, you need to have an outcome, you need to have follow-ups, you need to look at your findings and you need to implement them”, he stated.
Recalling that 75% of the economy is service-oriented and that the UTM employees work in the services sector, Dr Boolell pointed out that if we want the country to move from the middle-income trap, we need to move from generics to fields of specialisation. He added that with more than 5,000 students present at any one time on the UTM campus, employees and staff should ask several basic questions. These questions relate to whether employees are living up to the expectations of a service-oriented economy, if they understand the meaning of think globally and act locally in a world which has a become a global village, and the importance of the human resource as the best capital.
The Minister also highlighted that Government supports the concept of decent work for all, which after all is the legitimate aspiration of all employees. He added that in its endeavour to protect the interest of employees, the Government has ratified several conventions relating to the right of associations, collective bargaining, occupational safety and health and protection of wages convention, among others.
To the participants, Minister Boolell stressed that the rights that they are fulfilling as employees are also rights with obligations, adding that they have the obligations to uplift the quality of life of the workforce of the country and to have the right mindset. “My appeal to you , as shapers and makers of policy, directly or indirectly, when you sit on a chair, think of it as a four-legged chair where you need to think that you are working for the public sector, the private sector, the civil society and the trade unions”, he stated.
Some 195 employees of the UTM participated in the seminar. Discussions focused on management/ employee relations and avenues of cooperation
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