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Labour ministry staff to receive mediation training

Published:Saturday | July 2, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Shahine Robinson

Thirty staff members from the Ministry of Labour and Social Security will receive training next month to effectively mediate industrial disputes between employers and workers.

The training will be offered through collaboration with the International Labour Organisation.

The disclosure was made by Minister of Labour and Social Security Shahine Robinson during her Sectoral Debate presentation in the House of Representatives on June 28.

Robinson said the ministry has been receiving more complaints from workers not represented by a trade union, noting that for the 2015-2016 fiscal year, the ministry received 4,123 complaints through its Pay and Conditions of Employment Branch.

"We are working assiduously to have these disputes settled in a timely manner to avoid protracted downtime or escalation. We are committed to capacity building and succession planning, and continue to upgrade the knowledge base to meet the demands of the public," she said.