A Technical Committee met at the seat of the Ministry of Labour, Industrial Relations, Employment and Training this morning to discuss the issue of salary compensation. Chaired by the Minister of Labour, Industrial Relations, Employment and Training, Mr Soodesh Callichurn, the committee included representatives from Business Mauritius, Statistics Mauritius, Trade Unions and other Ministries.
In a statement to the press, Minister Callichurn highlighted that, during the meeting, the representative of Statistics Mauritius came forward with different figures, such as the inflation rate and the Consumer Price Index. The various stakeholders present, he stated, are now in possession of these figures, which they will first analyse before making their recommendations for the salary compensation to the Prime Minister on 06 December 2018.
He underscored that, at the moment, there is no quantum of salary compensation for employees of both the public and private sectors. Stakeholders’ proposals and recommendations will have to be analysed against the established parameters so as to determine the amount of salary compensation, he added.
With regard the rate of inflation which presently stands at 3.3%, the representative of Business Mauritius remarked that there is no need to give salary compensation to employees, outlined the Minister. However, he pointed out, Government and Trade Unions do not share this view. He further underlined that other than the rate of inflation, several factors such as the loss in the purchasing power and job preservation, must be taken into account for the quantum of salary compensation.
For his part, the Chief Operating Officer of Business Mauritius, Mr Pradeep Dursun, underlined that it must be ensured that the salary compensation, mainly for businesses in labour intensive sectors, does not become a financial burden. The fact that some enterprises only benefit from a limited leeway must also be taken into consideration, he added.
Source: Government of Mauritius