The Internal Affairs Office in Rarotonga. Ministry of Internal Affairs’ Labour and Consumer Division chief inspector Elizabeth Hosking says everyone has the right to information and advice when it comes to their rights and obligations in their workplace as per the Employment Relations Act 2012. Photo: SIAN SOLOMON/22080820 OR 22080821
The Ministry of Internal Affairs’ Labour and Consumer inspectorate will begin offering Workplace Induction sessions at the end of this month, to help employers and employees better understand their rights in the Cook Islands.
The sessions, which are part of the ongoing service and delivery of the Labour and Consumer Inspectorate, aims to prevent, improve and address any unfair working conditions in the country, with a particular focus on the ongoing exploitation of workers.
The first session is
scheduled to be held on Wednesday, August 31, with all future sessions to be
held on every last Wednesday of the month.
In a statement released
by Internal Affairs (INTAFF) on Monday, they said: “All are welcome to attend
the sessions at the Ministry of Internal Affairs conference room from 9:00 am
to 11:00 am in the morning.”
“For Pa Enua
stakeholders, a respective INTAFF officer will relay the induction sessions as
requested by the community.”
According to Internal
Affairs, knowing more about the working rights and obligations of employees and
employers helps people work together better, and improves working environments
“By attending one of our
induction sessions, employers can also better prepare their contracts and
policies for their business, as a preventative way to avoid employment
disputes,” they said.
“Employees learn their
rights and obligations, understand their contracts, raise their concerns and
clarify any misunderstandings.”
Not only does the workshop
assist businesses and workers to understand and follow employment laws, but according
to INTAFF, it will also provide guidance on how to keep a workplace environment
healthy and safe.
In addition, the
inspectors will clarify the obligations and rights around the provision of
services and goods following the consumer and fair trading laws, while raising
awareness on how to address workers’ compensation claims for workplace-related
injuries and illness.
For more information on
the workshops, employers and employees are encouraged to contact the Labour and
Consumer Services at the Ministry of Internal Affairs on 29370.