GIS– 17 June, 2019: Mauritius has raised the level of its ambition of seeking a brighter future for its people by elaborating and finalising the Second Generation of the Decent Work Country Programme (2019-2023) with the collaboration of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the document is intended to be signed by our tripartite constituents later this year.
The Minister of Labour, Industrial Relations, Employment and Training, Mr Soodesh Callichurn, made this statement, on 13 June 2019, while addressing delegates during the Plenary Session of the 108th (Centenary) Session of the International Labour Conference, in Geneva, being held from 10 to 21 June 2019.
Minister Callichurn stated that the process of reviewing the country’s labour legislation, with the aim of further consolidating the fundamental rights of workers, is coming to fruition. Government, he informed, will shortly introduce a new Workers’ Rights Bill, thus providing for the setting up of a Portable Retirement Gratuity Fund. The new mechanism will guarantee workers a gratuity on retirement and this measure will help to facilitate labour mobility and guarantee gratuity rights, while decreasing stress and allowing job satisfaction.
Furthermore, Mauritius is endeavouring to take all the necessary steps for the introduction of more innovative and flexible work patterns and ensuring a better work-life balance. “We have enacted the ‘Working from home Regulations’ since January this year to cater for those working from home to better safeguard their rights”, stated the Labour Minister, adding that Government will soon ratify the ILO Maternity Protection Convention, 2000 (No. 183), subject to the approval of the ILO.
With regards to climate change, Minister Callichurn underlined that Mauritius, being a Small Island Developing State (SIDS), is more vulnerable to the adverse consequences of climate change and sea-level rise. As a result, the country’s main socio-economic sectors such as coastal resources, agriculture, fisheries and biodiversity are at stake and Mauritius is currently dealing with more frequent and severe flash floods, droughts and intense cyclones. He thus made an appeal for the collaboration of the SIDS nations of the region and the international community so as to mitigate those climate change impacts which are already threatening the well-being and security of Mauritians.
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