Nepal, Mauritius ink labour deal

Kathmandu, June 13: Nepal has signed a labour deal with Mauritius to with an aim to diversify the labour destination of Nepali migrant workers.

It was signed in Geneva, Switzerland on Tuesday (June 11) on the sidelines of the centenary celebrations of International Labour Organisation (ILO) by Minister for Labour, Employment and Social Security Gokarna Bista and Soodesh Satkam Callichurn, minister for Labour, Industrial Relations, Employment and Training of Mauritius.

As per the deal, Nepali foreign job seekers will now be able to seek employment in hotels and manufacturing sector in Mauritius, an African country.  Similarly, all the costs and fees for recruitment shall be borne by the employer, including the fees paid to the recruitment agencies in Nepal.

The government of Mauritius ensures that the costs to be incurred including but not limited to, travel expenses, insurance, medical expenses, work permit/ labour card fees, service fees paid to the Nepali recruitment agency and other processes related to the recruitment of the worker in Mauritius will be borne by the employer.

Moreover, both the countries have expressed commitment to control and regulate costs related to the recruitment and employment of workers, and take effective legal measures when workers are charged beyond what is legally stipulated by the parties.

 All the costs and fees for recruitment shall be borne by the employer, including the fees paid to the recruitment agencies in Nepal.

It is learnt that a joint working group will be established to ensure proper implementation of the pact and to determine other key items associated with the workers’ recruitment, employment and repatriation, including mutual skills recognition, insurance coverage amount, etcetera. Medical treatment and insurance for workplace injury shall be provided as per the laws of Mauritius.

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