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October 27, 2013

Construction: 3000 Layoffs by the End of October

The Confederation of workers in the private sector (CWPS) provides for dismissal of at least 3,000 workers in the construction industry by the end of this month. Some up to 25 years of service.

According to the chairman of the trade union confederation, Reeaz Chuttoo these mass layoffs could be explained by the fact that large Mauritian companies would face a lack of control. Faced with this situation, the President of the CWPS has a five-point proposal to the government to help construction workers who, he said, are facing social decay.

To this end, he asked the government to launch small public infrastructure works in different cities and towns to provide employment for these workers. He cites the repair of sidewalks, drains, among others.

Reeaz Chuttoo also proposes the establishment of an Employment of Foreign Works Regulations, where foreign firms will be forced to hire 80% of the local workforce.

He explained that this would be a safe way to force construction firms Mauritian lower their administrative costs (salaries and other facilities for executives) and become more competitive on the market. He also wants Rodrigues who come to work in Mauritius get the same facilities as foreign workers, in terms of accommodation and food.

CWPS also proposes the establishment of a state institution to manage vacancies and layoffs. This institution will be responsible for channel licensees in other construction firms where there is work. To this end, Reeaz Chuttoo offers the Portable Severance Allowance Fund is introduced pilot basis in the construction sector to the time services are not interrupted.

Reeaz Chuttoo also floated the idea of setting up a special unit within the Ministry of Labour, Industrial Relations and Employment and compose well-trained to deal with health and safety officers only the construction. To finance this project, he proposed the imposition of a tax on construction companies to finance the project and pay the salaries of these officers.

The President of the CWPS also wants the Board of Investment (BOI) is no longer involved in the licensing of foreign senior executives to work in the construction sector. He finds that it is at the expense of young professionals Mauritius. Note that this union confederation has this week launched a poster campaign entitled

 

 

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