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posted 17 Mar 2012, 11:31 by Gerry Kangalee   [ updated 17 Mar 2012, 11:32 ]




Labour Minister, Errol McLeod has been cited as saying during the debate on the amendment to the Maternity Protection Act that the government needed to provide a legislative framework to protect the workers in the country.

The National Workers’ Union has been agitating for years for the enactment of legislation of what we deem a minimum floor of entitlements to apply to all workers. This minimum floor of entitlements, in our estimation, should include:


      ·         an annual review of the minimum wage which should be no less than two thirds of the national average wage;

·         Sick leave with pay;

·         Vacation leave;

·         Overtime payments;

·         Payment for public holidays;

·         The right to have a pay slip;

·         The right to union representation inclusive of the grievance procedure;

·         The right to a written contract;

·         Service pay for termination of any kind;

·         The establishment of a severance fund to be funded by employers, coverage to include loss of employment when a company closes down;

·         The provision of unemployment relief to be administered by the NIS;

·         Legal discrimination against domestic workers must be abolished.

 The National Workers Union recognises that there is a school of thought in the trade union movement that these issues should be dealt with by the bargaining process, but no more than 20% of the workforce is unionised.


The National Workers Union believes that the trade union movement should implement a widespread and consistent campaign to organise unorganised workers.


The trade union movement must also campaign to change the horrendous procedures contained in the Industrial Relations Act re: application for recognition of trade unions which drags out the process unnecessarily and serves as a disincentive to workers to exercise their constitutional right to freedom of association.


The National Workers Union understands that even if recognition procedures are expedited it is utopian to believe that all workers in the country can be unionised over the short or medium term, making a legislated minimum floor of entitlements for all workers a necessity.

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Gerry Kangalee,
17 Mar 2012, 11:35