New GOP framework discussed

 A new gainful occupation permit framework related to COVID-19, strategies required to be in place beyond July 1 and proposals for the way forward for national programmes and employment schemes were some of the points discussed during yesterday’s fourth consultative session.

President Danny Faure has assented to the Employment (Amendment) Act 2020, which was approved by the National Assembly on May 19, 2020.

The Amendment to the Employment Act (Cap 69) regulates the deferment of payment, and reduction of the wages of a worker pending the termination of the government programme for salary support to workers as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Amendment to the Employment Act (Cap 69) also regulates the deferment of payment, and reduction of the wages of a worker during the period of government programme for salary support to workers as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Amendment also restricts the lay-off or redundancy of Seychellois workers in certain circumstances. It also provides that any approval given by a competent officer to temporary lay off a Seychellois worker or terminate the employment of a Seychellois worker on grounds of redundancy in certain circumstances shall not take effect prior to July 1, 2020.

 

Press release from the Office of the President

Employment policies and GOP procedures discussed

Relief schemes being implemented to reduce the economic impacts of COVID-19 on businesses, employment policies, procedures for gainful occupation permits are some of the topics discussed during yesterday’s third consultative session.

President Danny Faure chaired the session with key representatives of government and private sector stakeholders at State House.

Seychellois employees will not lose out on their salaries after June 2020, now that government has guaranteed to continue paying their salaries from July to end of December 2020.

It was the Minister for Finance, Trade, Investment and Economic Planning, Ambassador Maurice Loustau-Lalanne, who made the announcement with the press yesterday, following a second round of meeting chaired by President Danny Faure with key stakeholders on pertinent employment-related matters until June 2020 and beyond, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Expatriate workers will not be included for salary retention as from July.

Debate on the Employment Amendment Bill, 2020 resumed yesterday following an adjournment on debate last week following which several consultative meetings have been held with various concerned stakeholders including employers in different sectors and workers’ union representative to reach a consensus that would address the concerns of both employees and employers.

Allowing negotiation procedures to take place between employers and employees on payment of wages and the reduction of wages, including procedures also to make a Seychellois worker redundant before June 30, 2020, but effective as from July 1, 2020, was part of a general consensus reached yesterday between government, the National Assembly, the private sector and trade unions.

President Danny Faure on Saturday chaired the first meeting with key stakeholders concerned with employment-related matters as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The meet, held at State House, was attended by Attorney General Frank Ally, Minister for Employment, Immigration and Civil Status Myriam Telemaque, secretary-general of the Seychelles Federation Workers Union (SFWU) Antoine Robinson and representatives of the private sector.

After the National Assembly voted on Tuesday this week to adjourn debate until further negotiation on an amendment to the Employment Act 1995, proposed by the executive to protect employees following the impact of COVID-19, the department of employment has held three meetings with the private sector, trade unions and stakeholders.