18 Dec 2012

Cooks paid maternity leave in new Employment Relations Act

1:33 pm on 18 December 2012

The President of the Cook Islands Workers Association Anthony Turua says the new Employee Relations Act is a great achievement.

The new Act guarantees basic workers' rights, such as freedom of association and discrimination.

New mothers will also be entitled to six weeks' minimum wage under a paid maternity leave scheme for public and private sector employees.

Mr Turua hopes the new changes will attract a stronger workforce when they come into effect next year:

"I think it gives the employer and employee a sense of security and move forward in terms of productivity in their workplace."

Anthony Turua, president of the Cook Islands Workers Association