The Minister for Petroleum and Energy, Abdoulie Jobe, stated the brand new Labour Bill 2022, objectives to advertise first rate paintings for all. Jobe stated this when presenting the brand new Labour Bill sooner than Gambia’s National Assembly Member.

Minister Jobe tabled the stated Bill on behalf of the Trade Minister Baboucarr Joof, for lawmakers to scrutinise, believe and approve.

“The Labour Bill 2022 aims to provide for the administration, recruitment, hiring of labour and protection of wages, and the registration of employer organizations, trade unions and other matters connected therein,” he stated.

“The Labour Bill 2022 further aims to promote and improve the working conditions, maintenance of better industrial relations, occupational safety and health at work and decent work for all,” he added. He narrated that over time, The Gambia has skilled vital social construction and adjustments, and the commercial construction made an important affect at the labour marketplace and business family members in addition to the Labour Act 2007.

That the Labour Act lately in drive was once followed in 2007 and is being administered, with a number of gaps and loopholes known, and stated some out dated provisions of the Act not addresses the rising demanding situations and issues within the labour marketplace.

“With the increasing rate of unemployment, the labour market requires robust and dynamic legislation that will deal with these complexities in a more efficient and coherent manner,” he instructed the meeting. He additional stated that the transformation of labour family members throughout the enterprises does naturally problem the enforceability of the present law and this he stated calls for an in-depth reform and concerted efforts.

As such, he stated the Trade Ministry initiated a revision procedure of the present Act in 2019 according to consultations with key stakeholders in addition to suggestions from the International Labour Organization (ILO), Trade Unions and Employer Organizations.

He reported that next to the hiring of a Consultant on the Trade Ministry, the next actions have been performed: a) questionnaires have been disbursed to key stakeholders to sound their critiques and search their suggestions; b) focal point crew discussions have been held with Trade Unions, Employer organizations and different key stakeholders, and c) one on one interviews have been performed with key companions, and establishments together with individuals with disabilities.

“The Labour Bill 2022 intends to correct the imbalance of power between the worker and the employer, and to prevent frequent industrial disputes and provide mechanism for settlement of disputes and to preserve the processes by which workers are recognised as ‘equal’ partners in negotiations about their working conditions etcetera,” Jobe stated. He underscored that the Bill additionally regulates the labour marketplace, by means of setting up occupational Safety and Health requirements, environment minimal limits on wages and environment requirements on operating hours, both nationally or particularly sectors or industries.

According to Jobe, this can also be accomplished during the Joint Industrial Councils, including that the Labour Bill 2022 main points out details required for the contract of employment.

“With the revitalisation of the Public Employment Services at the Department of Labour, the Department will promote employment creation, career guidance, and linking job seekers and employers, as such employers will be advised on the content of employment contracts,” he defined.

He remarked that the problem of maternity and paternity leaves is satisfactorily handled within the Labour Bill 2022 and has been aligned with the Women’s Act 2010.

He additional mentioned that the Expatriate Quota System (EQS) is included within the Labour Bill 2022 for the reason that there’s no felony backing for its enforcement within the 2007 Labour Act, and that The EQS within the Labour Bill 2022 calls for Expatriates to gain clearance certificate issued by means of MOTIE with advice for approval from the EQS Board prior to being hired in The Gambia

He highlighted that some other key phase of the Labour Bill 2022 is the Industrial Tribunal, which has been decentralised, and the Tribunals are presided over by means of a Magistrate because the Chairperson and a panel of 4 participants appointed by means of the Chief Justice, with suggestions from the Attorney General and Minister for Justice.

He dilated that different key spaces within the Labour Bill 2022 come with procedures and requirements to advertise collective bargaining, defining and prioritising the ’employment dating’ during the lifestyles of a ‘contract of employment’

He added that it additionally contains the inclusion of provisions to keep watch over Employment Agencies; The Labour Bill 2022 has provisions of licensing Employment Agencies, recruitment of workers and revocation of licenses, announcing “These licenses shall be granted by the Minister of Trade, through the Commissioner of Labour, improved reflection of international principles and processes related to the industrial action, and Inclusion of provisions for a regulation on domestic workers.”

He defined that the Bill additionally outlines defining and prohibiting harassment and sexual harassment and obligations of employers to save you and cope with cases of sexual harassment in places of work.

He stated it additionally outlines inclusion of extra grounds for discrimination that higher mirror the ILO Discrimination (Employment and Occupation) Convention, 1958 (No. 111) (Convention No. 111) definition of discrimination and exceptions.

The different key spaces catapulted within the Bill are the Improved coverage in opposition to discrimination of Gambian staff with HIV and AIDS, Incorporating the primary of equivalent remuneration for paintings of equivalent price, Better mirrored image of rules and global requirements at the employment of kids; and aid of kid labour, Inclusion of provisions for individuals with disabilities to get entry to coaching and specific popularity of a person proper of an individual with a incapacity to preferential remedy in decision-making processes throughout recruitment, and Inclusion of specific provisions regulating the jobs and obligations of labour inspectors.