The trade unions have called off their strike action scheduled for yesterday. They had planned to demonstrate against the introduction of the new Employee Rights and Employment Relations Bills. They justified their stand to postpone the action as the Government has decided to bring them at a later stage. You’d remember the bills have been referred for reconsideration by a high powered committee following a critical report from the ILO.
On the other hand the trade unions have alerted the ILO on the recent “arrest” and seizure of passport of two of their leaders, which they consider as repressive action against their freedom of association and right to defend the interests of aggrieved workers. They are now on bail.
In the meantime sugar sector trade unions are satisfied with the deal agreed upon between the Government and the Mauritius Sugar Producers’ Association. These relate to the release of 2000 acres of land, the implementation of the Voluntary Retirement Scheme for redundant workers and the percentage in share capital participation. This agreement will ensue in the release of fund compensation from the European Union towards the materialization of the sugar sector reform initiatives in the wake of the end of the Sugar Protocol.