The employment department yesterday disclosed that around 228 Seychellois have lost their jobs alongside 392 expatriate workers who now have to go back to their respective countries, due to the adverse economic impact of COVID-19.

A large majority of these workers who have been made redundant, both local and foreign, were working in the tourism sector.

According to various researches, transparency and accountability have emerged over the past decade as key ways to address both developmental failures and democratic deficits.

Good governance in the public sector on the other hand promotes effective decision making and efficient use of resources, and it strengthens accountability for the stewardship of those resources.

President Danny Faure yesterday met with the team that will be in charge of the Seychelles Employee Transition Scheme (Sets), a temporary scheme to assist workers who will be made redundant.

The aim of the meeting which was also attended by the Minister for Employment, Immigration and Civil Status, Myriam Telemaque, was to discuss the addition of four new programmes that will work alongside Sets called the National Workers Preparatory Programme.

Employees and stakeholders in the private sector yesterday took part in a meeting, coordinated by the Seychelles Chamber of Commerce and Industry, to learn more about the Seychelles Employee Transition Scheme, its structure and how it will discharge its mandate.

A temporary scheme to help workers who will lose their job as from July 1 up to December 2020, the Seychelles Employee Transition Scheme (Sets) is an emergency support mechanism put in place by the government to work alongside the Financial Assistance for Job Retention (FA4JR).

The SADC Private Sector Forum (SPSF) – the unifying voice on regional policies, priorities, issues, and programmes – has launched the ground-breaking SADC Labour Law Guide, an online tool that provides up-to-date labour laws from the region in one central location.

This first-of-its-kind digital resource is accessible on desktop, tablets, and mobiles and available in three languages – English, French and Portuguese.

As part of its emergency support programme to cushion the economic impact of COVID-19, the government is putting in place the Seychelles Employee Transition Scheme (Sets), a temporary scheme to assist workers who will be made redundant soon.

Due to scarcity of jobs on the local market as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Ministry of Employment, Immigration and Civil Status, in collaboration with the Agency for Social Protection (ASP), will as from July 1, 2020 be introducing a new internship scheme for returning and local based graduates.

The COVID-19 pandemic is greatly affecting the world of work thus threatening the livelihood of many all over the world.  Without quick and appropriate response on the part of governments, this could lead to grave economic downturn with many workers losing their jobs.  In order to prevent a situation where our citizens are terribly affected in this process, the Ministry has quickly stepped in with several measures to cushion the effect of the pandemic on our workers.