International Labor Day

by admin |
May 2, 2022
| News

Labor Day, also called Workers' Day or International Workers' Day, is a day commemorating the historic struggles and gains made by workers and the Labor movement, observed in many countries on May 1st. In Suriname we also celebrate Labor Day.

During this day we should not just dwell on all the hard work that workers, consultants or workers in general do. But we also need to consider the different circumstances under which some of them do the hard work. Many of these hard workers still experience a lot of pressure, discrimination or bad working conditions on a daily basis.

Employers also often do not realize that good work performance is accompanied by good (secondary) facilities for your staff and occasional pats on the back or that extra appreciation in the form of a bonus or promotion.

Nowadays many employees also appreciate it when employers support them in the fact that they can develop themselves further, such as following courses and training. It certainly gives the employee more motivation if they see that they are being invested in and also notice that they are growing towards better salary or positioning within an organization.

Another compensation from an employer which is regulated by law is the health insurance of an employee. Many employees like it if this is also arranged through work or is partly paid for by work. Although it should no longer be an issue in 2022, there are still many employers who do not consider arranging health insurance for their employees. In the longer term, this can result in employees choosing another employer who does offer these benefits.

The last, but certainly not the least, is having a listening ear for the employees. Some of the organizations have therefore created a special HRM department in terms of company hierarchy or structure. This department is there to represent the interests of employers and to act as a mediator between the employer and the employee. In some companies the employer or owner personally takes care of the employees instead of a HRM department. In either case, employees must have an outlet where they can express their displeasure or wishes. In Suriname however, we see all too often that employees report their employers to the Ministry of Labor because many matters are either not handled according to the labor laws and reporting is the only way to secure themselves as an employee.

Let this Workers day be a reminder how both employers and employees can best work together in order to achieve the goals of the company and the people.

Have a nice WROKO Man Dey!


Dr. J. F. Nassylaan #2 Paramaribo, Suriname

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