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File photo / Minister of Labour, Employment and Social Security Vitória Diogo presided the meeting
The Labour Advisory Commission (CCT) last Thursday analysed the terms of reference of the revision of the Labour Law, a proposal submitted by the Government through the Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security (MITESS).
Ten years after its entry into force, the current Labour Law (Law 23/2007, of 1 August) will be reviewed revised in a process that will culminate in October 2018 with the submission of a new final version to the Council of Ministers.
The CCT, meeting in its IV plenary session of 2017 and presided over by the Minister of Labour, Employment and Social Security, Vitória Diogo, analysed the proposal for the terms of reference of the review, including the schedule of activities.
The document submitted contains, in addition to the justification, the general and specific objectives, the methodology, the expected and intermediate products, the partners, as well as the work team that will be dedicated to the revision of this legal instrument.
Speaking after the CCT plenary session, the National Director of Labour, Marta Isabel Maté, explained that the terms of reference analysed basically define “the team that will work on the revision process; what is going to be analysed; the stakeholders to be contacted; as well as the labour matters on which Mozambican society must reflect.”
Regarding the revision methodology, Marta Isabel Maté said that there would be a participatory process involving representatives of the three social partners, namely the Government, employers and unions.
“Society will be able to make contributions throughout the process until submission to the Council of Ministers next year,” he added.
Asked why the law was revised ten years after its entry into force, the National Director of Labour explained that there are some issues that are out of step with the current reality of the labour market, while others are not legislated.
“There is also the adoption of new international labour instruments at the level of the International Labour Organisation (ILO), so it is necessary to consider whether the law we have is appropriate or not to these new instruments,” he reiterated.
In addition to the proposed terms of reference of the revision of the Labour Law, the CST plenary session also analysed the proposed action of the Employment Policy, as well as the respective communication strategy.
“The communication strategy is a document that aims to define the goals, methods, target audience and issues to be disseminated to each segment of society, so that we all know the Employment Policy,” he said, adding that MITESS’s objective was to involve everyone in its implementation.
The Consultative Committee on Labour is a tripartite body responsible for promoting dialogue and integrating representatives of the government, employers and workers.Source: A Verdade