About The Ministry
 
VISION          
That all Mauritians have access to gainful and productive employment and that the work environment be safe and conflict-free.
 
MISSION STATEMENT
Promote decent work, support employers and workers in creating a safe, conflict-free and productive workplace and facilitate access to gainful employment.
 
OUR CORE VALUES
Ø       Integrity:        we are guided by the highest standards of professional   ethics
Ø       Quality:          we are result-oriented and are committed to provide services   of the  highest quality in a timely manner
Ø       Team spirit:    we foster teamwork and the sharing of information   and resources
 
OUR CUSTOMERS
       The general public
       All workers and employers
       All organisations of workers and employers; and
       All associations
 
 
HISTORICAL BACKGROUND
v      In 1938, the Hooper Commission recommended the setting up of a Labour Department to assist and advise employees in their relationship with their employers and to regulate labour conditions.
 
v      In 1957, the Ministry of Labour was first set up on the institution of the Ministerial system and subsequently functioned as the Ministry of Labour and Social Security and was, therefore, responsible for labour, public assistance and social welfare.
 
v      In February 1974, the mandate of the Ministry was revisited and it became the Ministry of Labour and Industrial Relations responsible for Labour and Industrial Relations in the private sector.
 
 
v      Subsequently, in January 1986, following the merger with the Ministry of Women’s Rights and Family Welfare, the Ministry was renamed the Ministry of Labour and Industrial Relations, Women’s Rights and Family Welfare. However, for administrative purposes, the Ministry continued to operate as two separate and distinct Divisions, namely Labour and Industrial Relations Division and Women’s Rights and Family Welfare Division.
 
v      As from September 1991, the Ministry of Labour and Industrial Relations was again established as a separate Ministry.
 
 
v      Then as from 23 December 2003 following a Cabinet reshuffle, the Employment Division was attached to the Ministry which is now known as the Ministry of Labour, Industrial Relations, Employment & Training.
 
OBJECTIVES OF THE MINISTRY
 
(a) To promote industrial peace and harmony and to protect the fundamental rights and dignity of workers.
 
(b) To enhance productivity and the general well-being of the workforce through the improvement in the standards of safety and health and prevention of occupational diseases and injuries at the workplace.
 
(c) To facilitate the employment of jobseekers, provide assistance and guidance with regard to employment prospects and facilitate the employment of non-citizens, where required.
 
(d) To regulate the functioning of associations and trade unions.
 
(e) To regulate the operation of recruitment agencies involved in the recruitment of Mauritians for employment locally and/or 
overseas and the recruitment of non-citizens for employment in Mauritius .