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Projet: Talk show club de la presse "Urubuga rw'itangazamakuru"

Activité:Summary of weekly radio talk-show « Emission Club de la Presse: "Urubuga rw’Itangazamakuru "

Date:22/07/2020

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COVID-19 pandemic is a unique and severe health and economic crisis that is changing our lives. As the COVID-19 crisis continues to unfold, informal workers remain exceptionally vulnerable to the economic and labor market shocks of the pandemic. 

Urubuga rw’Itangazamakuru  “Club de la Presse” broadcasted  on  Sunday  19th July2020, in synergy by 10 radio stations  and one Television (TV Isango star), in all the provinces  of the country  focused on  “ The impact of covid-19 on Employees, Employers and Labor "

Invitees

1.  MWAMBARI Faustin/ DG  Ministry of Labor

2.  NTAGENGERWA Vedaste / Private Sector Federation

3.  TWAHIRWA Alexander/ Analyst

Invitees pointed out that covid-19 came unexpectedly causing some employees and employers to panic but casual workers are the most affected, 90% of informal employees lost their jobs. Most of these employees didn’t have contracts

The invitee from MIFOTRA explained that there is a loophole in the labor law because it stipulates that an employee and employer have to discuss about economic crisis in accordance with the law and they can terminate the contract, suspend it for 90 days or reduce the salary.

However, there was no formal regularization of these issues in different institutions and enterprises; some employees receive suspension messages on SMS and whatsap.  No one knows when Covid 19 will end and is a need of agreements between the employees; even those that have been given 90-day suspension, it is over and they are still at home waiting hopelessly if they will be called back by their bosses who are still at a loss.

The invitees from PSF argued that the private sector has been affected by this and finds that both employers and employees should sit down and discuss and see what each side can do without falling into losses where possible and work together to ensure that they meet their needs and work without losing because both employers and employees need jobs.

The analyst Alexander   said that in their research they found that covid-19 caused losses to employees because in many companies they were fired, others were suspended. He added that they found a lot of impact on employees who work on a permanent basis without a contract because there are no protections for them.

The audience reacted on this talk show and most of them were employees who lost their jobs. They expressed concerns that they have been fired and employers have not even paid them for what they owe them; they said that they are going to sue employers.

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