Country Rating: 3

  • Regular violation of rights

  • Government and/or companies are regularly interfering in collective labour rights or are failling to fully guarantee important aspects of these rights. There are deficiencies in laws and/or certain practices which make frequent violations possible.

President of Associação Médica de Moçambique arrested: Health workers went on strike for ten days in May 2013 and halted operations in health institutions demanding wage increases, standardisation and the readjustment of emergency room prices. On 26 May 2013, President of the Associação Médica de Moçambique, Dr. Jorge Arroz, was arrested by police and accused of sedition for having instigated strike action. He was released a few hours later.

Undue interference by authorities or employers during the course of a strike: The Labour Act allows a strike to be ended by a decision of the mediation and arbitration body.

Excessive civil or penal sanctions for workers and unions involved in non-authorised strike actions: The Labour Act makes any violation of the articles on the right to work of non-strikers and on minimum services a disciplinary offence, making the striking workers liable to civil and penal sanctions. Also, the preliminary draft of the general law for public officials provides prison terms and fines for cases where a strike picket disrupts the normal operation of services.

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