Freeze All Recruitment Of Foreign Workers

8 years, 1 month ago - September 07, 2013
The government froze the granting of "Work Permits" to strangers in the construction sector. This, according to the Minister of Labour and Industrial Relations and Employment, aims to "mauricianiser human resource in the construction industry with immediate effect".

This will remain in force until 15 October. This was said Shakeel Mohamed during a press conference Wednesday. This follows the incidents that erupted in the factory REAL Garments Limited in La Tour Koenig.
The construction industry employs 6,000 foreign workers on 34 100 foreigners who are in Mauritius. Shakeel Mohamed feels the need to broaden the opportunity for more Mauritians can access to these jobs. For him, this often is not the money that prevents hiring "but a lack of skills. "So it has come forward with training programs to better support the unemployed.
100 new applications 'Work Permits' monthly
The Ministry of Public Infrastructure and the Finance working on a project to identify areas in the construction industry where there is a lack of staff. It is the government that will take care of the costs for training the unemployed.
Besides, the government also intends to reduce the number of foreign workers down. Shakeel Mohamed is of opinion that there is a surplus of workers in some countries. "There must have equality for national harmony reigns in the country," said Minister of Labour and Industrial Relations.
From January 2014 before granting any 'Work Permit' the Department will ensure that the number of workers in harmony. In case the work permit will not be renewed. The Ministry of Labour records each month 100 new applications 'Work Permits' in the construction sector.
The country has:
17,000 Bangladeshi workers
8000 Indian workers
4000 Chinese workers
3900 Malagasy workers
200 Nepalese workers
1000 Sri Lankan workers

Text by Le Matinal

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