Monnaie (Photo source: Archive)

Director general for Labour Relations, Steve Monnaie, has been steadfast on this issue: the employment department will not “reactivate” parts of the special leave legislation for this current restriction of movement period.

Once again, ‘Santa Claus’ Ramu Pillay hosted over 125 children residing in homes across Mahé to a Christmas lunch at the Asian Fusion restaurant, Au Cap yesterday.

The Pillay R Group business chain has been hosting this annual event for less privileged children for over 16 years now.

Residents of the night shelter at North East Point were treated to a small gathering on Thursday night ‒ Christmas eve ‒ organised by the Kindness and Compassion Foundation.

This activity was done in collaboration with the Ministry of Employment and Social Affairs, and the Seychelles National Youth Council.

First Lady Linda Ramkalawan and the Minister for Employment and Social Affairs, Patricia Francourt, yesterday visited three orphanages – Foyer de Nazareth, Foyer de la Providence and Foyer de la Solitude.

The visit started at Foyer de Nazareth where the First Lady and Minister Francourt were warmly welcomed by a song entitled ‘Welcome, welcome to our home’ followed by a sega dance.

After the official welcome, the children presented two bouquets to their guests and the minister and the First Lady both gifted two hampers to the children.

Stakeholders from the private sector yesterday had an opportunity to voice their concerns in relation to the Financial Assistance for Job Retention (FA4JR) financial scheme, which government intends to gradually phase down in 2021 due to budgetary constraints.

Seychelles human rights commission hosts first symposium

 In commemoration of International Human Rights Day, the Seychelles Human Rights Commission hosted a symposium ‒ its first public event since its inauguration ‒ at the STC conference room yesterday.

Human Rights Day is observed every year on December 10 – the day on which the United Nations General Assembly adopted, in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Minister for Employment and Social affairs Patricia Francourt and Minister for Local Government and Community Affairs Rose-Marie Hoareau spent Monday afternoon visiting district administration offices and community halls along Mahé’s east coast.

They were joined by delegations from their respective ministries who included the principal secretary for social affairs Linda William-Melanie.

The districts visited included Anse Royale, Au Cap, Anse Aux Pins, Pointe Larue and Cascade

The much awaited 13th month salary will not be paid this year to any employees, either in the public service or in the private sector, due to the current economic crisis.

President Wavel Ramkalawan made this announcement yesterday while addressing the National Assembly for the first time since he was elected in October.