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Usamate: How mediation reduces employee strikes

Proactive intervention of mediation services resulted in the decrease in strikes, said the Minister for Employment, Industrial Relations and Productivity Jone Usamate. While speaking in Parliament yesterday, Mr Usamate said
22 Mar 2017 11:00
Usamate: How mediation reduces employee strikes
The Minister for Employment, Productivity and the Industrial Relations Jone Usamate. Photo: Josaia Ralago

Proactive intervention of mediation services resulted in the decrease in strikes, said the Minister for Employment, Industrial Relations and Productivity Jone Usamate.

While speaking in Parliament yesterday, Mr Usamate said mediation was consistent with the duty and principles of good faith under the Employment Relations Promulgation 2007 and Code of Good Faith for Collective Bargaining 2008.

However, he said before the enactment of the Employment Relations Promulgation 2007, strikes were common.

Mr Usamate said the highest number was recorded in 2005 when the country witnessed 17 strikes.

“Since 2008 my ministry received altogether 20 notices to conduct strike ballot to take strike action,” he said.

However, Mr Usamate said through the proactive intervention of mediation services which had invoked informal mediation and resulted in averting all 20 potential strikes.

He said the outcome of mediation gave individuals a sense of ownership and satisfaction.

“He does not walk away aggrieved but is happy and motivated to contribute positively to society,” Mr Usamate said.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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