Mozambican bosses want more flexibility in hiring foreigners

9 June 2006

Maputo, Mozambique, 09 June – The Confederation of economic Associations of Mozambique (CTA) Thursday appealed to the government to “facilitate” within the future Labor Law, the contracting of foreign workers, due to a lack of capacity of national workers to carry out some activities.

In a press conference on the current process of revising the Labor Law, the executive director of CTA, which brings together Mozambican employers, Sérgio Chitará said that the future law should be more sensitive to contracting foreign workers for positions in which Mozambican nationals are not qualified.

The employers criticize the fact that the 10 percent limit on foreign workers for companies with just 10 workers also includes the investor and managers, as they believe that “this restriction obliges companies to contract national workers who are not capable of carrying out roles that could be filled by qualified foreigners.”

CTA` rejects the argument that the liberalization of the clauses in the Labor Law that regulate hiring of workers could reduce employment opportunities for Mozambicans.

“Simultaneously with contracting of foreigners, the law imposes training for Mozambican workers in order to reduce vacancies for more complex tasks, a demand with which employers are happy to comply,” Chitará said.

As well as the issue of contracting foreign workers, employers are also calling for reduced vacation days and compensation fro lay offs, as they have said that strictness in this area has been responsible for reduced investment (macauhub)