Mozambican Labour Minister Vitoria Diogo has declared that foreign workers must possess the relevant academic and professional qualifications if they are to work in Mozambique.

Speaking at a seminar on “Chinese companies and labour questions in Mozambique” here Friday, Diogo stressed that foreigners could only be admitted to work places when there was no Mozambican with the required qualification, or there are not enough of them.

Data from the Labour Ministry indicate that in 2015, inspectors found that 1,182 foreigners were being employed in the country illegally, and they were suspended from their posts.

Diogo stressed that when recruiting workers, employers must establish the conditions for including skilled Mozambicans in jobs of the greatest technical complexity, and in administrative positions in the company.

They must also guarantee that expatriates work with Mozambicans to transmit their knowledge and experience. “The rules on this matter, specifically those laid down in the Labour Law, are clear”, she said.

Diogo stressed the importance of social dialogue inside companies, “since we know that the interests of workers and employers do not always coincide”.

She encouraged the creation of spaces where both employers and workers can express their needs, participate in decision-taking, and influence the final decisions.

She also called for workplace mediation to find amicable solutions to any conflict which emerges, and argued that mediation leads to workplace peace and stability.

Chinese Ambassador to Mozambique Sun Jian stressed that in recent years, co-operation between Mozambique and China had greatly increased, and consequently there had been a flow of Chinese companies into Mozambique.

He recognized the difficulties Chinese companies faced in interpreting Mozambican labour legislation, but claimed that “we are overcoming the various difficulties of language and culture”.

“We believe that in this seminar we shall increase still further knowledge about labour laws and issues,” he added.

Source: AIM