Ministry of Labour introduce workers’ injury compensation bill

The Ministry of Labor has developed a bill that provides compensation to workers for injuries or deaths suffered in the course of their work.
Hon. James Hoth Mai, Minister of Labour [File photo)

By Awan Achiek

The Ministry of Labor has developed a bill that provides compensation to workers for injuries or deaths suffered in the course of their work.

Gen. James Hoth Mai, Minister of Labor said  the bill covers compensation for all employees, including government.

“Now with this workers injury compensation, it is a very important document because it is our responsibility to take care of human beings, those who are working in the Republic of South Sudan,” Hoth said during end of year together on Wednesday in Juba.

“If we don’t take care of them, then we don’t have a country, from our president up to the last person who is working whether in the private or public sector, it is our responsibility. We are expecting anybody can get injured while performing his or her duty.”

Hoth said the bill would take care of damage incurred by the workers starting from the President to the last person.

“You know in that document, it is mentioned that the constitutional post holders, police, and the army are not included in the document but they can get injured,” he said

He added “I am a minister and while sitting in my office I may get my leg hurt there while sitting on the chair, who will take care of me? I have to be there in the document and the government has to compensate whatever injury I may get.”

He disclosed that the bill has already been tabled before the Ministry of Justice to review it and send it to the cabinet.

“It is a very important document. It has already been sent to the Ministry of Justice and they will work on it and then present it to the council of ministers and then to the parliament.”

Workers’ compensation is insurance that provides cash benefits and/or medical care for workers who are injured or become ill as a direct result of their job.

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