Dominican unions against push for Sunday work day
Trade unions in Dominica have voiced opposition to plans by the private sector to conduct business on a Sunday, saying the move could lead to the deterioration of the family structure.
The Dominica Employers Federation and the Dominica Hotel and Tourism Association have been calling for Sunday to be made an ordinary work day.
However, the coordinator of the private sector trade unions, Kertist Augustus said the laws of the island do not support the proposal being put forward by the private sector groups.
Augustus, a former senior official of the Caribbean Congress of Labour (CCL), said that the Labour Standard Act provides for one full day of rest per week.
He said the Labour Contract Act also provides for a full day of rest, preferably Sunday and that the Protection Employment Act ‘states in part that there is no misconduct if one’s absence on Saturday or Sunday is for religious worship.
Augustus said that Dominica's Constitution also provides for the freedom of worship and warned that family life could be compromised if Sunday becomes an ordinary day of work.
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