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Labour Ministry making provisions to further protect employees

Published:Sunday | February 22, 2015 | 11:21 AM

The Ministry of Labour says it is making provisions under the proposed Occupational Safety and Health legislation to protect employees who refuse to work in an environment that does not meet health and safety standards.

Acting Senior Legal Officer at the Labour Ministry, Khadrea Ffolkes says under the proposed legislation employees will have the right to stop working if they believe they are being exposed to danger.

However, Ffolkes cautioned that in exercising that right, employees must ensure that their employer and other relevant parties, such as the Labour Ministry, are made aware of the specific concern.

She also pointed out that while employees will have the right to stop working in dangerous situations, they will still be required to report for work.

Ffolkes says under the bill, workers will also have a right to know the specific nature of the health hazard they face and be properly equipped to deal with it.