- 30 November, 2017:
The interpretation and application of certain provisions of the Employment Relations was the focus of a half-day workshop which opened this morning at the Gold Crest Hotel in Quatre Bornes.
In his address at the opening ceremony, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Labour, Industrial Relations, Employment and Training, Mr R. P. Nowbuth, lauded the initiative of the Commission for conciliation and Mediation (CCM) for organising the workshop which will dwell upon employment relations issues and bring forth recommendations for the improvement of industrial relations at the workplace.
The workshop, he stated, will come up with meaningful negotiations to address labour disputes of employers, employees and trade unions and to provide dispute resolution mechanisms. The Ministry looks forward to proposals in terms of administrative changes and amendments that can be brought to the legal framework, he said.
The aim of the workshop is to provide definition of labour dispute; rejection of labour dispute; terms of reference; filling of labour dispute and deadlock for the betterment of industrial relations in the country. The working sessions will also focus on procedure agreement; collective agreement and collective bargaining as regards labour disputes.
The CCM has been established under Section 87 of the Employment Relations Act 2008 (Act No. 32 of 2008) thereby replacing the Industrial Relations Commission (IRC) which was established under Section 41 of the repealed Industrial Relations Act 1973.
It is a one-stop specialist agency assisting employers, employees and trade unions to resolve fairly and promptly their disputes with minimum legal formalities through discussion, negotiation and mediation. The main role is to provide conciliation, mediation and advisory services for enhancing employment relations between employers, employees and trade unions and engage them in constructive dialogue to reach consensus.
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