Islands (TSI) in its ongoing efforts to raise people's awareness on corruption
would like to share a success story of a complaint handled by the TSI Advocacy
& Legal Advice Centre (ALAC).
John was very worried when his wife, Mary, was ordered to resign from her work as a shopkeeper and they were evicted from their house, which her employer as part of her work as the shopkeeper had given them.
This would be a terrible situation for any family but it was particularly bad for John as he was continuing his education so Mary was the only one supporting their family.
had worked for the shop owner for 4 years before she was sacked and evicted
from her home. This happened because Mary became pregnant and went to her
employer with the required certificate from her Doctor to talk with him about the
pregnancy and maternity leave. The employer was not happy and refused to grant
her maternity leave. Not only that, he asked her to resign as shop keeper and
evicted her and her family out of her house.
our law (Labour Act s42) every female employee is entitled to 12 weeks
maternity leave, including 6 weeks compulsory leave after her confinement.
heard on the radio about TSI Advocacy and Legal Advice Centre. John came to the
ALAC office and complained about the treatment on his wife to one of the legal
offices at ALAC. ALAC pursued John’s case and asked him to come back to the
ALAC office with some documents to help with his case.
wrote to the Commissioner of Labour about the complaint. Two months later the
Commissioner contacted John and his wife and the employer.
the help of ALAC and the intervention to of the Commissioner of Labour, they
managed to amicably settle the problem outside court. The employer agreed to
pay Mary the maternity leave allowance that he owed.
this story sound familiar to you? Have your rights been violated? Or do you
know someone who has been victim of, or witnessed corruption.
Transparency Solomon Islands Advocacy and Legal Advice Centre provides a forum to provide legal advice and follow up complaints of corrupt activities.
By Daniel Fenua
Research & Communications Officer
Transparency Solomon Islands
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