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INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS, EMPLOYMENT PERMIT, OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY & HEALTH DIVISION (IREPOSH)
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Industrial Relations

WHAT ARE INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS?

Industrial Relations deal primarily with the relationship between management and the workers. Employment laws and practices in Samoa, through legislations and regulations set by government, cover issues such as wages, conditions of employment, annual leave, sick leave and dismissal to name a few.

APPLICATION OF THE LABOUR & EMPLOYMENT RELATIOSHIP ACT 2013

Industrial Relations laws are enforced to ensure both employers and workers legal obligations and rights are well protected and also to maintain harmony and stability within the employer/employee relationship.

All workers and employers in the private sector including government corporations and state owned enterprises. Workers and employers under the Public Service Commission are not covered or exempted.

CORE FUNCTIONS

The core functions of Industrial Relations & Work Permits are:

  • Advise Cabinet through the Minister of MCIL on policy matters pertaining to Industrial relations & Work Permits
  • Provide advice to employers & workers on their rights and obligations under the Labour Employment Relation Act 2013
  • Advise shop owners, the business community, employees and the general public on the requirements of Public holidays Act.
  • Consult with semi government & non government organisations on industrial relations matters
  • To ensure full compliance of above parties, to the requirements of Industrial Relations legislations
  • Assessment of work permit applications referred to us by Immigration and to make appropriate recommendations to the latter authority for final decision
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF IR INSPECTORS

  • Conduct routine inspections at workplaces to ensure full compliance of both employers and workers to the requirements of the Labour Employment Relation Act 2013
  • Investigate industrial grievances and complaints lodged with the Ministry
  • Attempt to resolve industrial disputes that may arise from time to time
  • Organise training on industrial relations and conditions of employment for employers and workers in the private sector
  • Coordinate and Facilitate awareness workshops for both employers and workers at the Private Sector
  • Registration of complaints lodged within the Ministry
  • Respond to enquiries on Industrial Relations and conditions of employment
  • Engage in grievance settlement, as required by Labour Employment Act 2013
  • Maintain and keep records of investigations, routine inspections, enquiries plus other related matters
  • File Information on breaches of the Labour Legislations
DUTIES OF EMPLOYERS

  • To ensure the fulfilment of their obligations under the LER Act 2013, in terms of industrial relations and work permit issues
  • Maintain and keep proper records of employment of workers
  • Promote equity and fairness in payment of wages, overtime and other workers rights as stipulated under the provisions of the Labour Employment Act 2013
  • Foster harmony between employers and workers for the welfare of both parties
DUTIES OF WORKERS

  • To perform his/her designated duties and tasks as required in the employment contract
  • Provide quality services to ensure the sustainability of increasing productivity within workplaces
  • To conform to terms and conditions of employment contracts
  • Know their rights and obligations as workers
  • To contact the ministry of Labour on breaches of contract of employment and if requiring clarification of the Labour and Employment Relation Act 2013
MANDATES

The Mandates for Industrial Relations are listed below.
Click on the title to view the complete Act on the Samoa Parliament website.

 

INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS BOOKLET

For complete information pertaining to Industrial Relations, please view the Industrial Relations booklet below. Information covered in the booklet includes:

  • Termination of Employment Contracts
  • Public Holidays
  • Annual Leave
  • Sick Leave
  • Overtime
  • Shift Workers
  • Piece Work
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 Industrial Relations Brochure (English and Samoan)

File details:
Name: Industrial_Relations_Brochure.pdf
Size: 140KB

 Routine Inspections Checklist

File details:
Name: checklist_routine_inspections.pdf
Size: 50KB

 Complaints Form

File details:
Name: complaint_form.pdf
Size: 35KB

 

FURTHER INFORMATION

Should you require further information concerning Industrial Relations, please contact:

Ministry of Commerce, Industry & Labour
Industrial Relations, Occupational Safety & Health and Work Permits Division
4th Floor
ACC House
Apia SAMOA

Ministry of Commerce, Industry & Labour
Industrial Relations, Occupational Safety & Health and Work Permits Division
P.O. Box 862
Apia SAMOA

Telephone: (+685) 20441
Facsimile: (+685) 20443
Email:
 mpal@mcil.gov.ws

Or please feel free to see our  Contact Us page.

 

Updated: 16 June 2008