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Mauritius: Government approves Workers Rights Act, following 16 years of trade union campaigning

"Workers’ Rights Act amendments a victory for Mauritius unions", 24 October 2019

On 4 October the Mauritius government agreed to the Workers’ Rights Act (2019) which will improve conditions on hours of work, shift work, vacation leave and for precarious workers in non-standard work. 

Under the act workers will get benefits in insolvencies, and portable retirement gratuity schemes will be introduced...The new law allows workers to carry their pensions and retirement benefits to the next employer. The law also makes it a must for employers to pay compensation for years of service and introduces unemployment benefits for up to 12 months.

A new tripartite council is also created which allows for negotiations and representation of workers by a lawyer, labour inspector or a trade union official. A wage guarantee fund pays workers when a factory closes. These benefits are enjoyed by all workers including migrant workers from Nepal and Bangladesh who are working in the country...

...The victory comes after 16 years in which IndustriALL Global Union affiliates...carried out a sustained campaign for workers’ rights which included going on hunger strikes, pickets and demonstrations...